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Enhanced Hearing, Audio Description and Touch Tours

Losing your sight or your hearing doesn't have to mean missing out.

Did you know that Scottish Ballet was the first dance company in Europe to offer audio description? Visually impaired audience members are provided with headsets, allowing them to hear the commentary given live by a member of the Scottish Ballet team. As the curtain rises, the audio description begins, describing every step the dancers take on stage and helping to bring the magic to life.

If you book for an audio described performance you with receive a CD containing a brief synopsis of the ballet and detailed descriptions of the characters, costumes and set before attending the show. Prior to the described performance, a touch tour offers visually impaired patrons the opportunity to get up close to a selection of costumes and props. 

All the theatres we tour to offer headsets or loop systems to enhance the sound of the live orchestra. Please ask venue staff for more details when you book as you may find that the equipment works better in certain seating areas.

Cast lists and programme articles are also available in braille or large print on request. Please contact Lorna Murray on 0141 331 6285 or email education@scottishballet.co.uk

"It gave a real sense of connection to what was happening on stage."

"As an ex-dancer who has lost my sight, this has given me a new lease."


Romeo & Juliet

Audio described performances are at 2pm, preceded by a touch tour at 12.30pm.
The touch tour is free, but advance booking is required.  Book through your preferred venue.

Glasgow
King’s Theatre
Sat 26 Apr 2014

Aberdeen
His Majesty’s Theatre
Sat 3 May 2014

Inverness
Eden Court
Sat 10 May 2014

Edinburgh
Festival Theatre
Sat 24 May 2014

Please note: The audio described performance at Sadler's Wells, London is at 2.30pm, preceded by a touch tour at 1pm.
The touch tour is free, but advance booking is required.  Book through your preferred venue.

London
Sadler's Wells
Sat 17 May 2014

 


 

“It was really excellent. Unlike plays or films, there is nothing else to support your idea of what is going on on stage other than the description, and the audio describers did a fantastic job.” - Insight Magazine

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