Sydney Opera House Accessible Performances for Kids
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As part of Sydney Opera House’s commitment to improving disability access we are delighted to announce our program now includes a number of inclusive performances for young people with a disability. Our aim is to ensure that all young people and their families, carers and friends have an opportunity to experience the magic of live performances and creative play at Sydney Opera House.
Live Captioned: Wed 23 Apr 11am
Audio-Described Performance: Fri 2 May 6.30pm & Sat 3 May 1pm
Note: The captions screens are visible from selected seats for this performance. When booking please ensure that you request ‘Caption Seats’.
Sensory/Autism-friendly performance: Fri 13 Jun, 11am
The Magic Chicken
Suitable for audiences with hearing impairment: 9 – 13 July, 11am & 1.30pm
Lemony Snicket’s The Composer is Dead
Suitable for audiences with sight impairment: Sat 9 August, 12.30pm & 3pm
The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly
Audio-described performance: Sat 16 Aug 2pm
HOW TO BOOK
Please call 9250 7777 to book and let us know your access requirements. FM Radio System is available in all venues. For more access information please see sydneyoperahouse.com
ABOUT OUR SERVICES
Please call 02 9250 7777 to book for access performances and let us know your access requirements.
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The actors' words appear on a display unit placed next to the stage, at the same time as they are spoken or sung. Speaker names, sound effects and offstage noises are also shown.
These performances are designed to create theatre experiences that are welcoming to all families with 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.
“It was such a pleasure to be able to share a performance with Harry, only possible in an environment where autism is part of the environment. Thank you so much, really great opportunity.”
- Parent feedback from the first SOH Autism-friendly performance in 2012.
Audio description is 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 are 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 Kids at the House venues.