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One and Three Quarters presents:

Welcome to The Waiting Room, a place like no other, a waiting room of the future.

Designed to care for its users by streamlining and minimising, cost effectiveness and time saving is key. In this waiting room, patients and clients are completely unaware of its power and grip over them.
That is until Mara enters and finally sees the truth. They are all stuck in a never ending loop, beholden to its rules and games, never getting anywhere but unable to leave the system.
Can Mara convince the others that they are living in a never ending loop, and overthrow the system to find freedom?

The Waiting Room is a captivating scratch performance devised by One and Three Quarters Theatre. In collaboration with the innovative digital artist Chronic Insanity, this production will masterfully blend projection, theatrical magic, and live performance. Through a unique mix of autobiographical stories, humour, and surrealism, the company reveals the realities of disabled lives while celebrating the vibrant joy within our community.

Influenced by Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and his profound exploration of the mundane, this performance empowers disabled performers to shine. Funded by Arts Council England in partnership with Gulbenkian Arts Centre and University of Kent School of Arts, The Waiting Room promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Please note, this is a short scratch performance, a work in progress. As a company, we prioritise accessibility both for our performers and our audience, but we acknowledge that not all access features are in place at this stage.

The scratch performance will be followed by a Q&A with the creative team and performers and we would value hearing your impressions and feedback.
This is a free, unticketed event.

This is a relaxed performance space so feel free to stim, move about and experience the performance as you need.
There are no flashing lights or loud noises in the production.
There will be access support available to greet you in the foyer and accompany you to your seat, and ready to assist you during the performance and Q&A.
Our access table will have ear defenders and fidget toys to borrow, and items to touch to understand the performance better.
We are exploring embedding BSL and audio description for our future work, and we welcome your ideas, experiences and input to be able to share our theatre-craft with as many people as possible.

Please note that there is no BSL currently in place for these performances.

For more information on access at Gulbenkian, click this link.
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Running time 30 mins plus Q&A


19th July 2024: 18:00

20th July 2024: 12:30


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