A great casual empty nesters weekend topped off with a visit to Her Majesty’s Theatre for the brilliant “Kinky Boots” by Cyndi Lauper. It’s always a pleasure to go to The Maj, partly because it is a beautiful theatre but also because of the stellar service from the ever friendly and efficient staff, who are alert and attuned to the needs of those of us on wheels.
The show was a simple and very relevant story where the overarching theme was acceptance of others but where other elements came into play, such as the connotations of expectations of self and others, bigotry and courage. Fun “Priscilla Queen of the Desert-esque” performances are woven throughout with the requisite transvestite/drag queen accessories – sequins, wigs and hilarity.
Our enjoyment of the show was absolutely assisted by our brilliant seating .
TIP: when needing mobility assistance or if you are on wheels be sure to call when booking tickets. Most importantly, if you are on wheels ask for Stalls Q28 & 29 – the best seats in the house for you and your wing-person, further improved by a small floor leveller expertly and easily inserted under the front wheels by the attentive staff.
Parking, as is often, was not easy – this despite “tens of thousands of parking spaces” (http://bit.ly/2jmZASt) as quoted by City Of Melbourne. There seems to be a mere handful of accessible car spaces in the city, with just 2 on street accessible car parks between Little Bourke and Bourke Streets!!! We parked under Rydges Hotel at the car park run by Secure which has NO accessible car parks at all. Fortunately as we are still using the manual wheelchair and it was off peak, we were able to park next to a pylon that gave us a little room at the side of the car for the chair to be pulled up. This inability to easily access street parking cost $27…yikes!
In my opinion you generally can’t beat the service from a Chinese restaurant and 369 at the top end of China town was no exception with flush entrance and help on hand with the heavy doors . After a post show drink outside The Elephant and Wheelbarrow we rolled up to 369 and finished the day off beautifully.
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