While it is in the law for arts and cultural organizations in Australia to be accessible to people with disabilities, student theatre has often neglected this side of the deal.
There were many firsts for me in my theatre performing experience this year with the UHT Macbeth production. I not only performed my first Shakespeare play, but I also got to experience being in production where accessibility was provided to audience in need. The UHT has made amendments to their administration this year, and one of the major changes is to include accessible performances for people with disabilities. As the University has a disabilities department on its own, it is a given that the UHT would want to cater to people with disabilities that longed to catch a show at the Union Theatre or Guild Theatre. For the Macbeth production, UHT had made special posters and promotional images for the accessible performance times that was subsequently posted on the official Facebook page, event page, UMSU website, and other promotional sites like StudentVIP, Arts Access, and the Australian Stage to reach out to as many audiences as possible.