“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
In 1998, Scottish Ballet became the first dance company in
Prior to the described performance, a Touch Tour is offered: patrons gather in the stalls and have the opportunity to get up close to a selection of costumes and props as well as to ask questions about the production and learn some of the dance vocabulary which is used in the live description. The Touch Tour also gives the describers a chance to introduce themselves and get to know the patrons.
Approximately 15 minutes before curtain up, the live description begins with a recap of the synopsis, characters, costumes and sets, and details the cast for the forthcoming performance. As the curtain rises, the audio description synchronises with the choreography.
Scottish Ballet ensures that all groups have appropriate and fair access to learning and development opportunities through the work of the Company as employees, audience members or participants. The Company looks forward to continuing and developing the audio description series as part of its wider access and participation programme.