Local comedy institution and not-for-profit, Big Fork Theatre, has initiated a fundraising effort, calling on the Brisbane community to help make their new venue fully accessible for audiences and performers.
After producing weekly sold out shows in Brisbane since 2015 and growing to become the biggest improvisation company in Queensland, Big Fork Theatre are investing in a sustainably accessible future for the company.
Their current home does not offer wheelchair accessible entrances, exits or bathrooms, therefore preventing the whole arts community to access the creative work at Big Fork Theatre. This large scale investment will see the company realign with its values of ‘fostering quality through community’ and allowing accessibility for all. Supporting a new theatre and classroom to deliver more of their award-winning brand of comedy and popular training program, this initiative offers a great opportunity to build an accessible space from the ground up.
Big Fork Theatre has always been committed to accessibility and inclusion for all. They have been working towards increasing representation of LGBTQIA+, persons of colour, women, persons over the age of 50 years, and differently-abled persons. Big Fork Theatre also recognises the financial barriers, offering various scholarships for students and different payment methods for those who wish to create but may not have the financial means to do so.
“Big Fork Theatre’s mission is that anyone can be funny, and that anyone can perform,” says Rosa Sottile, Big Fork Theatre director who is spearheading this fundraiser.
“Unfortunately, it’s hard in Brisbane to find smaller venues that are accessible not just for audiences, but for performers as well. This fundraiser will help us provide a fitted out space that’s fully accessible to patrons and performers right from the start.”
Big Fork Theatre is seeking donations that will be used to complete an accessibility assessment, construct accessible entrances/doors, install signage for the visually impaired, install a hearing loop, and build a stage that’s physically accessible for every performer.
The company is committed to fundraising over $10,000 to allow for the construction of this wonderful venue in hopes that it will become a model for entertainment spaces in the region.
With the Plus1 Program from the Australian Cultural Fund doubling every tax deductible donation, you can help Big Fork Theatre achieve their goal. Donations over $2.00 are tax deductible and can be made until 21st May 2021 on the Australian Cultural Fund fundraising platform.
For more information about Big Fork Theatre’s commitment to accessibility and inclusion visit the Big Fork Theatre website.
Media Release provided by Big Fork Theatre.