One of the most recent priorities at Teatro Maria Matos has been to create and implement inclusion policies, making the theatre more plural and accessible. These policies cover all of the theatre’s work, from the building itself to the communication of information, including programming and public relations.
We are currently studying the possibility of implementing an investment plan for the building that will eliminate all the physical barriers that still exist, namely in the access to the mm café, the backstage area and the dressing rooms, as well as the adaptation of the corridors and the bathrooms in the office area and the access to the stage.
The building’s conditions of accessibility
Teatro Maria Matos has two auditoria for the presentation of performances. The main auditorium and the ticket office are accessible from the street via a gently sloping ramp, without any handrail or signposts, and a flight of four steps. The doors leading into the theatre foyer are not automatic. The rehearsal room is accessible from the foyer via a staircase. It can also be reached using the building’s lift, if requested from a team member.
The main auditorium has five places for wheelchair users. Since there is no fixed seating, the rehearsal room can be adapted for the use of wheelchair users, up to the limit of its small capacity.
There is a bathroom for the use of people with reduced mobility on the same floor as the foyer.
Currently, the mm café is only accessible via two flights of stairs, with 13 and 10 steps respectively, plus an intermediate landing with two steps.
In the vicinity of Teatro Maria Matos, there is one parking space for people with reduced mobility. This is situated in Rua Bulhão Pato, 25 metres from the stage door and 75 metres from the main entrance.
Sessions with audio description and interpretation in Portuguese sign language
In the 2017-2018 season, Teatro Maria Matos will become another of the national theatres offering sessions with audio description for visually impaired audiences, as well as interpretations in Portuguese sign language for deaf audiences.
Relaxing sessions are sessions involving theatre, dance, cinema or any other type of cultural event that takes place in a more relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, and where there is greater tolerance for the movement and noise made by the audience. These sessions may also include minor adjustments to the show (lighting, sound, etc.) and the way that the audience is received, so as to be better adapted to their needs.
They are intended for all individuals and families who prefer or benefit from a more relaxing atmosphere in a cultural space (for example, people with attention deficit disorder, people with intellectual disabilities, people with autism spectrum disorder, and people with sensory or social communication deficiencies).
Relaxing sessions are designed to reduce stress levels and make the experience more pleasant. They are the result of a collaboration between theatres, artistic teams, parents, carers and accompanying persons, so that everyone can enjoy the same show. For this reason, we recommend that you follow the indications regarding the age groups for certain performances.
You can find more information about the cultural spaces offering relaxing sessions at acessocultura.org
Simple Language Prize – Acesso Cultura
In 2017, Teatro Maria Matos received the first Simple Language Prize awarded by the Associação Acesso Cultura for the use of simple language and accessible communication, specifically in the information sheet accompanying the show A Caminhada dos Elefantes by Miguel Fragata and Inês Barahona.
Public transport in the immediate vicinity
Underground: Roma, 450 metres from the main entrance
Bus: 727, 150 metres from the main entrance
Bus: 767 and 735, 270 metres from the main entrance
Train: Roma – Areeiro, 400 metres from the main entrance