Continuing its commitment to make accessible theatre for all, The Watermill Theatre will offer audio description on four of its shows in Spring 2018 for blind and partially sighted audience members.
Audio described performances are available for TEDDY, a punchy new rock ’n’ roll musical set in 1950s London, a new version of THE RIVALS by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Shakespeare’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM and for JERUSALEM, Jez Butterworth’s award-winning play which will be staged at The Watermill in its first major revival since its London premiere. A full list of dates and ticket prices for each show can be found by visiting watermill.org.uk/access
Lixi Chivas, The Watermill’s Community Associate and one of the theatre’s audio describers says:
“It’s really important to us to be able to welcome all audience members and we’re delighted to extend our provision for blind and visually impaired individuals. Although many do not realise it, audio described performances have been part of The Watermill’s programme for many years and we are pleased to now offer this service for even more of our productions.”
Audio Description paints a picture of what is happening on stage for audience members who are blind or partially sighted. The audio describer uses the natural pauses in the action to deliver a live narration to the listener’s personal head-set.
Specially allocated seats are reserved in the auditorium for those who would like to use the audio description service. Customers who require the service should call the box office on 01635 46044 to book a headset when buying their tickets.
A free touch tour is also offered before each audio described performance providing blind or partially sighted theatre goers the opportunity to explore the auditorium, handle props and costumes and meet members of the cast ahead of the show.