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Accessible arts venue 53Two welcomes new patron, Ruth Madeley

Actress, Ruth Madeley, becomes patron of 53Two – as fully funded renovations get under way at region’s most accessible arts venue.

Ruth Madeley the new patron of 53two accessible art venue

Manchester-based theatre and arts venue, 53two, has welcomed Years and Years and Doctor Who actress, Ruth Madeley, as its latest patron. Ruth joins as a series of renovations and upgrades get underway that will enable 53two to deliver an enhanced experience to everyone who uses the space. The work has been fully funded by Backstage Trust and The Baker Family Charitable Trust, with support from Closomat, and will be completed in time for the venue’s third birthday in May 2024.

Plans include improved backstage changing facilities and new, retractable auditorium seating to ensure the venue is as flexible and accessible as possible. 

Located in one of Manchester’s historic Grade II listed arches, the building’s infrastructure will also receive some much-needed care and attention. A new ventilation system will help to regulate temperature and humidity. The theatre will also be tanked, with a new drainage system put in place. 

The latest phase of work is part of 53two’s continued mission to make theatre accessible to all. It follows the installation of a Changing Places toilet in December 2023, which is providing increased independence to anyone who may be limited in their own mobility. 

“53two has always been very special to me, so to be appointed as a patron is a huge honour” said Ruth Madelely. “It’s vital that artists have a safe and accessible space to work in Manchester, especially at a time when much-needed arts funding is being cut. Changing Places toilets, for example, are vital for disabled people when accessing theatre, and the dignity, peace of mind and independence they provide is invaluable.

“53two has always nurtured and supported under-represented talent, particularly disabled artists and I am delighted to be playing a bigger part in its future”. 

53two the accessible arts venue

Simon Naylor, creative director at 53two added: ‘‘The support and funding we’ve received has been incredible and has enabled us to progress the next phase of our plans – to deliver the best possible experience to everyone who visits us at 53Two. May 2024 marks our third birthday in the arches, and it feels like the perfect time to unveil a new and improved space. We are thrilled to have Ruth with us on the journey.’’  

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