Project Story: Polka Theatre – Vision Foundation

Project Story: Polka Theatre

After a two-year break refurbishing their premises, Polka Theatre is back and better than ever. This dedicated children’s theatre, based in Wimbledon, has a year-round programme of shows but also creative learning activities.

The colourful seating area of the theatre's play area. In one of the booths a family are sitting and enjoying a snackThis is so much more than a theatre

The recent redevelopment of the premises has created a highly accessible venue with new features including a sensory garden, indoor and outdoor play areas, and an indoor sensory space with interactive sensory technology.

Polka Theatre adapts performances of its productions to ensure children with visual impairments can have just as memorable and enjoyable a live theatre experience. Six performances per year are audio described, alongside bespoke activity for SEND (special educational needs and disability) schools across London, local community, and disability groups.

Audio described performances at Polka include a pre-show guided touch tour on the stage, led by the audio describer of the production, where the children can understand the set layout and interact with props and actors in costume.

Polka aims to ensure that every child regardless of their background or ability should have the opportunity to experience the magic of live theatre, and enrich their learning.

Visit Polka Access for information about accessible performances, bookings and getting to the theatre.

What we are funding

Audio description is an accepted part of theatre for adults but isn’t common in children’s theatre. With our funding Polka Theatre is able to grow the number of audio described performances on offer to visually impaired children and their families. Their overarching aim with audience development is to make families feel comfortable and confident enough to visit Polka Theatre independently of their school or community group.

Find out more about the wonderful work of Polka Theatre.