Comedy is a powerful tool when it comes to breaking down barriers and educating people about disabilities – and that’s what our night of comedy was all about, while bringing more accessible events to the Fylde Coast.
Featuring Jamie MacDonald, Aaron Simmonds and Robert White and compared by BBC Radio Lancashire’s Steve Royle, jokes about having cerebral palsy, being blind and having Asperger’s were among the funnies thrown around the event at Lytham Hall.
The promise of crying with laughter was not an overstatement, tears streamed as one-by-one the talented bunch of funny men delivered with incredible hilarity line, after line, after line!
From taking it literally that when you need the toilet that you “can go” down the stairs in Primark, to being blind and not knowing that someone has walked away from you when you’re talking to them – the real-life experiences of people with a disability were dished out with a twist of humour.
Alan Reid, CIO of Disability First, which spearheaded the Access Fylde Coast project, says: “The great things about comedy is that it breaks down barriers and to be able to bring this to the Fylde Coast is terrific in terms of it being a fully-inclusive event and breaking down barriers.”
As with all events hosted by Access Fylde Coast, the comedy evening included British Sign Language Translation.
Funny man and Scotsman Jamie MacDonald, says: ” A big thanks to the good folks at Access Fylde Coast for putting on a comedy night to raise awareness of disability.
” It was a cracking show. I hope the audience had a laugh and learned something they didn’t yet know about the value of disability. We all learned something that night. For my part I had no idea you got midgies in England! Thanks a lot!”
Aaron Simmonds, adds: “It was a privilege to take part in this event for disability first. Not only was it super fun, but to be a part of something that is trying to increase awareness about the lack of accessibility for both audiences and performers is something I believe in hugely.”