Accessibility & Equal Opportunity Statements

The Canterbury Players Accessibility Statement

The Canterbury Players aims to be as accessible as possible and meet the needs of all our Members and visitors. As we operate in a variety of venues we will aim to achieve the following: 

  1. Disabled Members and visitors are not treated less favourably for a reason relating to their disability than others to whom that reason does not apply;
  2. All reasonable steps are taken to prevent any of the physical features of the venues in which we operate or indeed our practices and procedures from making it unreasonably difficult for disabled Members or visitors to make use of our services

If you have a specific query regarding the accessibility of a production or venue, we would advise that you get in contact with us as soon as possible on canterburyplayers2013@gmail.com so we can make every reasonable adjustment to ensure your parity of experience.

Accessibility of our Regular Venues

Our regular venues are:

  1. The Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury https://thegulbenkian.co.uk/accessibility/  
  2. The Playhouse Theatre, Whitstable http://www.playhousewhitstable.co.uk/index.php/wheelchair-access
  3. The Marlowe Theatre Studio, Canterbury https://marlowetheatre.com/your-visit/access/

Please visit each of the individual theatre websites (links above) to view their accessibility arrangements.

The Canterbury Players Equal Opportunity Statement

The Canterbury Players are firmly committed to enabling all of our Members, visitors and any other individuals associated with The Canterbury Players to participate in our events equally and with dignity and respect. We aim to ensure that:

  1. People are treated with dignity and respect
  2. People are treated fairly
  3. Inequalities are challenged
  4. We anticipate and respond positively, to different needs and circumstances
  5. All of our Members are able to participate in and enjoy live drama;
  6. Bullying, harassment and discrimination on any grounds, including but not limited to the Protected Characteristics under the Equality Act 2010, will not be tolerated and any individual found to be participating in such activity will be barred from The Canterbury Players. The Protected Characteristics are: Sex, Ethnicity, Disability Status, Sexuality, Gender Identity, Religion or Belief, Age, Pregnancy or Maternity, Marriage or Civil Partnership.

Complaints

If you wish to make a complaint under these statements, please email canterburyplayers2013@gmail.com. This can be submitted anonymously. Two members of the Committee will then be asked to investigate your complaint and act accordingly.

Definitions:

Age: A person belonging to a particular age (for example 32 year olds) or range of ages (for example 18 to 30 year olds).

Bullying: An intentional act that causes harm to others.  May not be related to a protected characteristic. Bullying tends to be a large number of incidents (individually trivial) over a long period comprising constant unjustified and unsubstantiated criticism

Disability: A person has a disability if she or he has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on that person's ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

Discrimination: Treating an individual or group differently due to a particular characteristic that they possess

Diversity: Celebrating and valuing how different we all are, taking into account people’s different backgrounds, knowledge, skills and experiences

Equality: Ensuring everybody has an equal chance to take up opportunities and also to make full use of the opportunities on offer and fulfil their potential

Ethnicity: the fact or state of belonging to a social group that has a common national or cultural tradition

Gender Reassignment: The process of transitioning from one gender to another.

Gender Identity: a person's perception of having a particular gender, which may or may not correspond with their birth sex.

Harassment: Conduct that annoys, threatens, intimidates or causes fear in another person and/or creates a hostile environment. Harassment tends to have a strong physical component and is usually linked to gender, race, disability or physical violence

Inclusivity:  Creating an environment in which all people feel valued and respected and have access to the same opportunities

Race: Refers to the protected characteristic of race. It refers to a group of people defined by their race, colour, and nationality (including citizenship) ethnic or national origins.

Sex: A man or a woman

Sexual Orientation:  Whether a person's sexual attraction is towards their own sex, the opposite sex or to both sexes.