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View from my wheelchair: Queensland Theatre Company

As a season pass holder for the Queensland Theatre Company for the last five years here is my review of their accessibility features.

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community Sarah Shaw

I'm one of the many people with a muscle wasting condition that hasn't quite got a name yet or official diagnosis, I live with my wife and Friday our furry companion. I first started to notice changes in my body in 2008 so I have been living with this degenerative condition for more than a decade now. I have used a wheelchair as my mode of getting around since 2014. I love getting out and about in the community and am interested in Theatre, Music and the Arts. I also keep an eagle eye on what is happening in current affairs across the country. I worked in the Federal Public Service for twenty-six years and retired due to invalidity about two years ago.

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As a season pass holder for the Queensland Theatre Company for the last five years here is my review of their accessibility features.


  • Recognition of companion card makes this a very affordable excursion for theatre lovers who commit to the eight-play season pass. My wife and I can go to each play for as little as $21 each depending on the nights we choose to go.
  • The companion card process is relatively easy and once on file you will not need to supply again. The additional ticket will need to be picked up on the date of the performance.


QTC performances are generally held at the South Brisbane Bille Brown theatre complex. Major productions are held at either Queensland Performing Arts Playhouse or the Cremorne theatre in the same complex.

Bille Brown Theatre:


  • The recently refurbished theatre is wheelchair accessible and certain performances have auslan translators in place and audio description services.
  • This is an intimate theatre with the first-row accessible seating placements level with the small stage. As accessible seating goes you will probably never be more in the thick of things as the action occurs mere inches from where you are sitting. Some people will absolutely love this. If not the other accessible seating option at the back of the theatre offers a good view that is not actually on the stage.
  • Accessible toilet with higher than standard toilets and standard grab rails fit out. This is large enough to accommodate a large power wheelchair.
  • Reasonable amount of off-street disability parking if you get there early or undercover parking can be purchased for $15.
  • As a season holder you can exchange tickets if you can no longer go on a particular day as long as you notify 48 hours or more. This gives the flexibility needed should life get in the way of your theatre outings.


  • No changing places toilet.
  • Due to the proximity to the stage the front row accessible seating does not allow leaving the performance.
  • The options for public transport are quite a trek to Bille Brown theatre for a person with mobility difficulties.

For information on QPAC accessibility see the QPAC article.

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