Enhanced Hearing, Audio Description and Touch Tours

Enhancing a performance for the visually impaired.

We offer free touch tours and audio described performances at a specially discounted price for our visually impaired patrons. (Their guest, in attendance with them, is also entitled to a specially discounted ticket price.)

These performances are audio described by members of Scottish Ballet staff or regular freelancers, including Paulene Laverty. Paulene was a dancer with Scottish Ballet for eight years and has over 22 years of experience of delivering audio descriptions for ballet, theatre and pantomime. All our describers have a deep understanding of Scottish Ballet and its performances and, as such, provides the highest quality descriptions for our audiences.

When booking, you will be sent a CD containing a brief synopsis of the ballet and detailed descriptions of the characters, costumes and set.

On the day of the show a touch tour offers the opportunity to get up close to a selection of costumes and props as well as to hear more about the dancers, the characters they are playing and some examples of gestures and movements specific to the performance.

Visually impaired audience members are provided with headsets and, as the curtain rises, the audio description begins. The live commentary given by a member of the Scottish Ballet team describes the movement and action on stage whilst allowing enough space to enjoy and appreciate the music played by the orchestra of Scottish Ballet.

Tickets can be booked via the box office by telephone or in person. Please let the box office know if you require a headset when booking and they can advise of the best seats in the auditorium for you.

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 engagement@scottishballet.co.uk.

Audio described performances are at 2pm, preceded by a free touch tour at 12.30pm. Book through your preferred venue’s box office in person or by telephone.

‘As an ex-dancer who has lost my sight, this has given me a new lease of life.’

Audience member

Inclusive Performances

For those with additional needs and their families to enjoy. There will be plenty of trained staff on hand to help with any needs; everyone can feel free to make noise and move around the auditorium. The lights will remain on but dimmed, and there will be breakout spaces with a live stream of the show so that if you feel the need to leave the auditorium you won’t miss the action.

Please visit our event pages to see if there's an Inclusive Performance scheduled for a specific production.

‘My daughter has autism, learning difficulties and hyperacusis. On arrival, we were made to feel so welcome by everyone we met. We were even offered different seats as a member of staff noticed my daughter becoming distressed. She has difficulty with some noises, for example, small babies crying, but not the mighty boom of the orchestra. Knowing she could move around if need be and that there was a quiet room if it all got too much, made things less stressful for us as parents. We took her briefly to the front so that she was able to see the orchestra play, much to her delight. She was transfixed by the ballet itself. The show was spectacular and the sheer joy in my daughter’s face was heart-melting. Thank you.’

Audience member