Audio Described performances
- What is an Audio Described performance?
- Audio Description is a live verbal commentary given through infra-red headsets to assist patrons who are visually impaired. A trained Audio Describer will be in a box at the back of the auditorium with a view of the stage and will conduct the description live.
An introduction is given prior to the show. During silent intervals in the show (e.g. when there is a scene change and no dialogue), verbal commentary describes the setting, costumes, characters, facial expressions, body language and action. The description does not interfere with the performance but fills in the gaps.
Finding out when Audio Described performances are
Not all shows have Audio Described performances. Any Audio Described performances will have this captioned logo next to it in brochures and online.There is a full list of all Audio Described performances currently scheduled at ATG theatres here. Our Access team will also be aware when Audio Described performances are and will be able to assist with requests, so you can always call our dedicated Access booking line 0333 009 5399 (Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge) or typetalk number 18001 0333 009 5399.
- Booking tickets
- To book the most appropriate seats, please book Audio Described performances over the phone (our dedicated Access booking line is 0333 009 5399 (Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge) or typetalk number 18001 0333 009 5399), by email with the theatre's Access Champion, or in person at the Box Office, and our team will recommend the best position to sit in.
You can also contact your theatre’s Access Champion to request available additional resources, which might range from a synopsis of the show in CD format, a large print or Braille cast list, to an audio programme. Dependent on availability, these can be sent to you prior to the performance. Touch Tours before the performance are also available: to find out about, or arrange a Touch Tour, please contact your theatre’s Access Champion here.
- Collecting tickets
- You may have to collect your tickets from the Box Office on the day of the performance. On arrival at the theatre, please collect a headset from a member of staff in the foyer. They will explain how the headset works and will set it to the correct channel.
- What is a Touch Tour?
- Touch Tours give our patrons who are visually impaired the opportunity to go up on stage and touch parts of the set and any major pieces of scenery, props and costumes. This is to help audience members to immerse themselves in the imaginary world presented on stage.
- Finding out when Touch Tours are
- Not all shows have Touch Tours. To find out if a show has a touch tour and book a place, please email your theatre’s Access Champion here.
- Booking a place on a Touch Tour
- Please book a place on a Touch Tour by contacting the theatre’s Access Champion here.