By Kelsie Acton
I’m Kelsie, a freelance access consultant. A year ago, I moved from Edmonton (Canada) to London. I’d spent a better part of a decade doing freelance accessibility consulting and teaching inclusive dance in Canada, and was excited to immerse myself in a very different disability arts scene. It was also the fulfillment of a dream I’d had when I was twelve and first fallen in love with theatre - to live in London and work in theatre. (As I was twelve, I’d imagined myself as an actor, treading the Globe stage, but don’t most of us have that dream at twelve?). I picked up my first freelance gig in London in January, seven weeks before the start of lockdown. Not an auspicious start to the beginning of a career here.
I’ve only been with Freelancers Make Theatre Work (FMTW) for a few weeks. In that time I’ve learned that we do a lot. It’s sometimes a little overwhelming just how many things are on the go. So I thought I’d update you on a few of the things we’re working on right now.