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Free tickets scheme for D/deaf audiences over 50 launched by Bolton’s Octagon

Roberta Kerr performing at Best of Bolton. Photo: Ray Jefferson

Bolton’s Octagon Theatre has launched a free ticketing scheme aimed at encouraging older people from the D/deaf community to attend shows.

The theatre has partnered with Ambition for Ageing to work towards making its building more welcoming to older D/deaf people in Bolton.

It will provide free tickets to over 50s who are D/deaf or hearing impaired for upcoming British Sign Language-interpreted and captioned productions.

Victoria Brown, head of creative engagement at the Octagon, said: “With 62% of our audiences aged 55 and above, this age group is really important to the Octagon. Generous support from the Big Lottery Fund and Ambition for Ageing means many more over 55s in the D/deaf community will be able to access and enjoy our performances.”

Free tickets will be available for The Rise and Fall of Little Voice on January 29 and The Importance of Being Earnest on June 11. Both shows are being performed at the Albert Halls in Bolton while the theatre undergoes a redevelopment.

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With additional support from Bolton Deaf Society, staff training, BSL interpreters and social events have been organised to improve the theatre’s offer for D/deaf people.

Jordan Goucher, from the Bolton Deaf Society, added: “One in six of us have some form of deafness and this increases as we get older. By tackling some of the barriers deaf people are faced with, we can create a more inclusive community.”