Brand-new stage for disabled performers announced for this year’s Chester Pride

Storyhouse’s Kaleidoscope programme that celebrates disability will have a stage at this year’s Chester Pride, taking place Saturday 10 August.

The brand-new stage will be located in Vivo Care Choices café at the Little Roodee, next door to Chester Pride’s principal site at Castle Square.

The line-up will be dedicated to disabled performers and programmed by Storyhouse, whose weekly open-mic night for disabled performers has been a huge success since its inaugural event in October.

Warren Allmark Chair of Chester Pride said:

“We are very happy to be working with Storyhouse and Vivo to bring a dedicated area that showcases performances from people of all abilities. A small low-amplified stage will run 1pm till 5.30pm. As a Pride event we are keen that people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities have a voice and can celebrate who they are, at our event.”

Alistair Jeffs Managing Director of Vivo Care Choices said:

“Vivo is delighted to be working in partnership with Chester Pride and Storyhouse to help make our city’s Pride event bigger and better than ever though hosting this stage at our Little Roodee café.  The Café will be open throughout the day – a great opportunity to enjoy the festivities of Chester Pride and support some wonderful local performers”

Nicola Haigh, Communities Manager at Storyhouse said:

“After the success of the open mic nights we have been holding at Storyhouse as part of the Kaleidoscope programme I am excited to take the stage outdoors and help celebrate Pride! the stage will be for anyone who wants to express themselves creatively and support Chester Pride event.”

Storyhouse are still recruiting acts to perform: musicians, stand-up comedians, dancers and singers are all encouraged – to find out more email Communities Manager at Storyhouse


Photo features (back row from left) Richard Euston, one of the organisers of Chester Pride, Liam Crawford, Business Support, Vivo, Nicola Haigh, communities manager, Storyhouse and Warren Allmark Chester Pride, chairperson; (front row from left) Sam Nevill from the band Dark Arc, Phil Kavanaugh Ark arc day centre, Simon Scott from the band Dark Arc.