The theatre offers audio-described performances designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attenders. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage, the visually impaired customer wears a headset and listens to a live description of the action on stage, provided by a fully-trained audio-describer. The audio description supplements the voice of the performers by explaining the emotions and actions of each scene, with descriptions only taking place in between dialogue.
The information is relayed using an Infra-red hearing sound enhancement system manufactured by Sennheiser, which is easily accessed by discreet headsets or neck-loops. These are available from the cloakroom on request. Should you experience any problems with the equipment, please contact one of our front-of-house staff who will do their best to assist.
We have one audio-described performance for each of our Theatre productions, which currently takes place on a Saturday matinee performance. Details of the dates for each production can be found on individual event pages, by using the What's On Calendar to the left, or by contacting the Box Office. To book, please see Tickets and Booking.
The Theatre offers touch-tours one hour before the audio described performance. These tours are an opportunity for patrons to familiarise themselves with the set and costumes, enhancing the enjoyment of a performance. Touch tours should be booked in advance, when booking for the audio-described performance.
Guide dogs are welcome within the building. If you wish to attend a performance, a member of staff can care for your dog. Alternatively, depending upon the production, it may be possible for you to take your dog into the performance – please ask the Box Office for further information when booking your ticket.
Our brochure is available in large print, CD and e-mail formats. Please contact the Marketing Department on 0161 615 6784 for a copy.
For a production programme in large print, please contact the Front-of-house office during your visit to obtain a free copy.