Had a bit of an adventure this weekend, as I went into London to see the stage show Matilda The Musical.
To get there I went by train. When nipping to the shops, the station staff know me, and help me and my carer onto the train with a ramp, then phone ahead to the destination so that someone is waiting with a ramp to help us off when we arrive. However when going further afield I book help through the South West Trains Assisted Travel web page. The train arrived on time and I ate my packed lunch as we travelled to London. On arriving in London my carer pushed me to the theatre. On the way there, there were plenty of maps attached to the lamp posts showing us where we were, which were really helpful.
Matilda is being performed at the Cambridge Theatre near Covent Garden. Having booked the tickets a few months ago the staff knew I was coming and were waiting to meet me and my carer. I purchased a program and a CD of the music. The staff were extremely helpful as they helped us to our seats. The wheelchair spaces are located at the back of the stalls, and I could see that I was going to have a good view of the stage as I excitedly waited for the show to start.
Matilda is a character, from a book with the same name, written by Roald Dahl. The theatre production is a musical adaption written for the stage with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. It is very funny and family friendly. The music and show was very fast paced. The younger members of the audience were scared of Miss Trunchbull who is head mistress of the school that Matilda goes to.
The only problem we had was that the disabled toilet at the theatre was very small and the door opened inwards. This meant that there was not enough room for me, my chair, and my carer. So I could not go to the toilet there.
After the show we made our way back to the station and caught the train home.