STILETTO – a high pointed HEEL on a woman’s shoe or a small dagger.
WHEELS – a medieval instrument of torture or a vehicle for personal mobility.
I finally made my first wheelchair trip to the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
We went to see the George Piper Dances, the two founders of whom are also known as The Ballet Boyz from some Channel 4 documentary. One of them, Michael Nunn, lives round the corner and spends some time hanging out at Munsons coffee shop where EaZyD and his coffee buddies are semi-permanent residents. This was the first big gig of the newly formed Company, so, we thought we would stroll across and take a look.
There are a bunch of disabled parking spaces around both the Festival Hall and The QEH itself plus car parks so no problem there. Wheelchair access to the QEH was through the artist’s entrance and was level. You are able to use their bar too. The wheelchair spaces and companion seats are right at the front – a great close-up view with a constant threat of drenching in sweat from the stage! I am not complaining tho’ – this is way better than sitting at the back or off to the sides.
The Company were all technically great, performing with newly commissioned modern dance pieces and using an innovative, fun, multi-media approach showing clips of them off-stage, chillin’, at the beginning, intervals and end. There was a pretty decent audience considering it was mid-week and they are relatively unknown – I guess the TV thing helps!
Lucky it was good - EaZyD was able to report positively to the coffee buddies and we have another venue to add to the ‘go-to’ list.