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Ali Stroker has made history by becoming the first actor who uses a wheelchair to be nominated for and to win a Tony Award.

Her role as Ado Annie in a revival of Oklahoma! secured her the accolade of Best Featured Actress at the star-studded event that recognises excellence on the Broadway stage.

Her heartfelt acceptance speech reached out to young disabled people as she commented: “This award is for every kid who is watching tonight who has a disability, who has a limitation or a challenge who has been waiting to see themselves represented in this arena. You are.”

While this win is an incredible landmark, it is tarnished somewhat by the fact that Ali Stroker had to hide in the wings and access the stage from backstage as there was no ramp for her to come up to collect her award like any of the other winners. More than a small oversight by the organisers.

This is a great win for the actor herself and for the representation of disability in mainstream arts. Ali Stroker has been recognised solely for her talents as an actress and this will hopefully pave the way for aspiring disabled actors to be taken seriously and be considered for a wider range of roles.

Watch Ali Stroker winning acceptance speech here:

Watch Actress Ali Stroker's Historic Tony Award Acceptance Speech | NBC News - YouTube

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PosAbility magazine has teamed up with The Bond Hotel, Blackpool to offer our readers the chance to win a free holiday for two people in November 2019!

For over 30 years The Bond Hotel has been providing fully accessible holidays for guests on the prominent Blackpool Coast and is very kindly offering a free weekend break for two people in November 2019 during one of their variety cabaret weekends.  The three-night Friday to Monday break can be taken on any weekend in November and includes dinner, bed and breakfast.

Taking a break by the seaside has been a UK tradition for more than a century and Blackpool Tower has been recently refurbished with some amazing new features. Whether you are looking to scale the heights of the 518 foot Blackpool Tower and brave the glass floor, take a ride on the fully accessible modern trams, take a stroll down the brand new promenade, take a thrill ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach or visit one of the incredible breathtaking shows from the Tower Circus to meeting Elvis at Legends, you won’t be disappointed!

The staff at The Bond Hotel will do their best to meet all of your needs on your holiday, including recommendations for places to visit and which shows to see during your stay.

The Bond Hotel has 62 fully accessible bedrooms offering a wide range of sleeping arrangements to suit your needs, providing a variety of mobility equipment for your use – all free of charge during your stay. The bedrooms are fitted with emergency call buttons, walk in showers and if required rooms can be provided with ceiling tracked or portable hoists depending on your individual needs.  Optional door-to-door transport and Holidays With Care packages can also be arranged, if required.

Every evening is party night at The Bond Hotel when some of the best acts in the North West take to the stage, with between 90 and 100 guests staying, the atmosphere cannot be matched anywhere else. The hotel provides holidays for guests with disabilities along with their families, friends and carers with many people returning to meet up with friends old and new.

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Visit www.bondhotel.co.uk to find out more about The Bond Hotel or request a brochure by calling 01253 341218.

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Fancy a trip to the theatre? Rose Theatre Kingston today announces the inclusive theatre programme for Let Me In.

Running across two days throughout the theatre from 21 – 22 June 2019. Let Me In is an inclusive drama festival with a line-up of both free and ticketed events for guests with physical, learning and sensory needs, carers, families and friends. Since its inception in 2011, the event has engaged hundreds of children and their families, embedding strong working relationships with local schools, community groups, parents and carers alike. This year’s programme includes immersive events, backstage tours and workshops run by Rose Youth Theatre, as well as performances from What’s Coming out of the Box and Bloomin’ Arts. The festival has been programmed by Rose Theatre Kingston festival co-ordinator Harriet Astbury.

The Let Me In festival co-ordinator Harriet Astbury said: “We can’t wait to bring the Let Me In festival back to the Rose for 2019. We must strive to meet the needs of all children in our community. National statistics and research indicate that 40% of children with a learning disability have never been to the theatre. This highlights why it’s so important to provide access to good quality theatre and age-appropriate artistic activity, suitable for the needs of this audience. Fostering inclusivity is at the heart of what we do at the Rose, so having the chance to celebrate that with a diverse range of guests is really rewarding.”

This year’s programme includes: Inside, an immersive performance for young children and families presented by What’s Coming out of the Box; Queen of the Pack, a story of community, hope and werewolves brought to life by the Drama and Learning Disabilities classes of Kingston Adult Education; iPA a production by Bloomin’ Arts exploring issues surrounding care; Let Me In: Lift Off!, an inclusive story-telling workshop hosted by Rose Youth Theatre for young people aged 11+; Collar and Cuffs’ production of Crabby, the story of a hermit crab who loses his shell; and a back stage sensory tour of the Rose Theatre Kingston. 

Let Me In 2019 Festival Programme

Rose Theatre Kingston
24-26 High Street, Kingston, KT1 1HL

Fri 21 Jun – Sat 22 Jun
Inside
What’s Coming out of the Box
Fri 21 Jun, 10.15am, 11.45am, 13.30pm, Rose Gallery
Tickets £8           

Queen of the Pack
Kingston Adult Education
Fri 21 Jun, 17.00pm, Rose Studio
Free admission 

iPA
Bloomin’ Arts
Fri 21 Jun, 19.30pm, Main Auditorium
Tickets £10 

Crabby
Collar & Cuffs
Sat 22 Jun, 11.30am, 16.00pm, Rose Gallery
Tickets £6

Let Me In: Lift Off!
Rose Youth Theatre
Sat 22 Jun, 12.30pm, 14.45pm, Rose Studio
Tickets £10 

Back stage sensory tour
Sat 22 June, 14.00pm
Free admission

For ticket booking and further information:

Box Office – 020 8174 0090

www.rosetheatrekingston.org

Twitter: @Rosetheatre

Facebook: /RoseTheatreKingston

Instagram: RoseTheatreKingston

#LetMeIn2019

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