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Sydney Opera House Accessible School Education Program

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Schedule of Accessible Performances

Schedule of Accessible Performances

Pinocchio
Thursday 1 May, 11am
Audio-described and AUSLAN interpreted
To book, call 02 9250 7770

Macbeth
Wednesday 6 August, 1pm
Thursday 14 August 10am
Pre-show touch tour and audio description available
To book, contact Bell Shakespeare on 1300 305 730

Aston's Stones
Thursday 12 June, 12.45pm
Sensory/Autism-friendly
To book, call 02 9250 7770

Lemony Snicket’s TheComposer is Dead 
Friday 8 August, 11am
Suitable for vision impaired
To book, call 02 9250 7770

The Girl Who Forgotto Sing Badly
Friday 15 August, 12.45pm
Audio Described
To book, call 02 9250 7770

Access Program

As part of the Sydney Opera House commitment to improving disability access, we are delighted that this year’s Education program has expanded to include more inclusive performances for young people with disabilities.

Teachers are welcome to contact us to discuss an individual student’s access needs, strengths and interests, so we can plan a visit that facilitates his or her full participation.

About Our Services

Sensory/Autism-Friendly Performances
These performances are designed to create theatre experiences that are welcoming to children on the autism spectrum or with other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities. Performance are provided in a supportive and non-judgemental environment with slight modifications to sound and lighting, downloadable pre-visit social story, support aids (including fidget toys, weighted lap pads, textured mats) an open door policy and quiet areas set up in the foyer.

Audio Description
A service provided for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Trained audio describers give live, objective, descriptive verbal descriptions of actions, costumes, scenery, and other visual elements of a performance. The audio describer uses a headset and microphone, while individuals using the service listen through a small FM receiver and earpiece. Patrons who wish to listen to the description must pick up a free FM headset on arrival. 

Touch-tours
A service provided for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Touch-tours occur before the performance help patrons to capture the atmosphere, costumes, characters and action before and during the course of a performance.

AUSLAN Sign Language Interpreting
For audiences who are Deaf and use Australian Sign Language (AUSLAN) as their primary means of communication. Experienced AUSLAN theatre interpreters stand to the side of the stage and translate what the actors are saying or singing into AUSLAN.

Assisted Listening Devices (FM radio System)
FM radio system provides improved listening clarity for people with hearing loss who experience difficulty and fatigue, when trying to understand speech, because of distance, reverberation, and distracting background noise. Can be used with or without hearing aids.

Audio input or any electronic sound source feeds into an FM transmitter and the FM radio frequency signal is picked up by the patrons FM receiver. FM receivers and headsets are provided free of charge and can be obtained from the nearest cloakroom prior to the performance.

The FM system is also compatible with hearing aids and cochlear implants with a "T" switch via an induction loop provided. When the hearing aid is switched to the 'T' position, the wearer will receive the program sound through the hearing aid. FM Radio Systems are available in all Education venues.

General Access Information

The entrances to the Studio, Playhouse, Drama Theatre and the Utzon Room are all wheelchair accessible. A public lift operates from the Lower, Ground and Upper Levels of the building.

There are accessible toilet facilities available in the Western Theatres Foyer and Box Office Foyer. Accessible seating is available in all SOH venues however this seating must be pre-booked and availability is limited so booking early is recommended.

There are designated accessible parking spaces on Level 1 (11 spaces) and Level 6 (12 spaces) of the Sydney Opera House Car Park. RTA permit is required. FM assistive-listening devices (headsets and neck loops) are available at the cloaking desk for use in all SOH venues.

Service Animals are welcome inside all venues.

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