Audio Described Performances

Audio Description allows audiences with visual impairments to experience performances through live verbal commentary, providing information on the visual elements of a production as it unfolds. 

Audio Described Performances 
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Audio Description allows audiences with visual impairments to experience performances through live verbal commentary, providing information on the visual elements of a production as it unfolds. 
The professional audio-describer prepares the script in advance that describes the action that is essential to the understanding of the performance, as well as other visual information such as the style and design, sets, costumes, facial expressions and visual jokes that might otherwise be missed. This commentary is then read by the audio describer during the performance from a special booth in the auditorium. Patrons listen along to the description through a discreet headset. 
A touch tour usually takes place prior to an audio described performance and is an opportunity for patrons to get an up close and behind-the-scenes insight to a performance. Led by the audio describer, patrons are invited backstage, usually on to the main stage itself, to feel costumes and set and learn more about the production. 
Patrons wishing to make use of the audio description must book a headset in advance by calling the Ticket Office on 020 7863 8000. There are a limited amount of stalls seats for partially sighted patrons only available via the phone, please contact Ticket Office for more information. Subject to availability.
Upcoming Performances:
Northern Ballet - Victoria 
Saturday 30 March
Audio Described Performance: 2.30pm 
Insight workshop: 11.30am - 12.15pm 
Touch Tour: 12.15pm - 12.45pm 
Tickets: £60 - £15 
Northern Ballet’s latest creation reveals the life of one of history’s most intriguing women: Queen Victoria.
https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2019/northern-ballet-victoria/ 
Damien Jalet & Kohei Nawa 
Wednesday 17 April 
Audio Described Performance: 7.30pm
Touch Tour: 5.30pm 
Tickets: £20
Water floods the stage in this visually striking exploration of the body, blurring the lines between human form and its environment.
https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2019/damien-jalet-and-kohei-nawa-vessel/ 
Birmingham Royal Ballet - Hobson’s choice 
Saturday 29 June 
Audio Described Performance: 2.30pm 
Touch Tour: 10.30am
Tickets: £72 - £12 
With choreography by David Bintley, and a score by Paul Reade Hobson’s Choice is a gleefully comedic modern classic.

https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2019/birmingham-royal-ballet-hobsons-choice/

Audio Description allows audiences with visual impairments to experience performances through live verbal commentary, providing information on the visual elements of a production as it unfolds. 

The professional audio-describer prepares the script in advance that describes the action that is essential to the understanding of the performance, as well as other visual information such as the style and design, sets, costumes, facial expressions and visual jokes that might otherwise be missed. This commentary is then read by the audio describer during the performance from a special booth in the auditorium. Patrons listen along to the description through a discreet headset. 

A touch tour usually takes place prior to an audio described performance and is an opportunity for patrons to get an up close and behind-the-scenes insight to a performance. Led by the audio describer, patrons are invited backstage, usually on to the main stage itself, to feel costumes and set and learn more about the production. 

Patrons wishing to make use of the audio description must book a headset in advance by calling the Ticket Office on 020 7863 8000. There are a limited amount of stalls seats for partially sighted patrons only available via the phone, please contact Ticket Office for more information. Subject to availability.

Upcoming Performances:

Alexander Whitley – Overflow
Friday 21 May, 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance

Rambert – Draw from Within
Thursday 3 June, 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance

Northern Ballet – Dangerous Liaisons
Thursday 10 June, 2.30pm
Audio Described Performance

Breakin’ Convention Presents: Compagnie Niya – Gueules Noire
Friday 2 July, 8pm
Audio Described Performance

NYDC / Alesandra Seutin – Speak Volumes
Saturday 24 July, 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance

Singin’ in the Rain
Saturday 4 September, 2.30pm
Audio Described Performance (with touch tour at 1pm)

English National Ballet  Creature by Akram Khan
Saturday 25 September, 2.30pm
Audio Described Performance (with touch tour at 1.30pm)

Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!
Saturday 15 January, 2.30pm
Audio Described Performance (with touch tour at 1pm)

 

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