Audio Described Performance - Wednesday 16 January 1.30pm
Audio description is a service provided for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Audio describers give live, verbal descriptions of actions, costumes, scenery, and other visual elements of a performance. This is done during gaps in the dialogue via a small earpiece, provided to patrons pre-show. The audio description begins 10 minutes prior to the performance, and provides program details together with descriptions of costumes and stage settings. Patrons must book the service in advance and pick up a free FM headset on arrival. Audio description by Stephen McCauley. Bookings through Sydney Festival.
Tactile Tour - Wednesday 16 January 1.30pm (tactile tour starts at 12.30pm)
Tactile tours allow patrons who are blind or have low vision to have a hands-on experience. Depending on the production/installation, patrons are given access to costumes, props and stage set in order to capture the atmosphere of the work. Tactile tours occur before the performance. Patrons must book in advance. Bookings through Sydney Festival.
Auslan Interpreted Performance - Wednesday 16 January 1.30pm
Auslan interpretation service is provided for audiences who are deaf and use Australian Sign Language (Auslan). Experienced Auslan interpreters stand to the side of the stage and translate what the speakers are saying into Auslan. A block of seats is reserved for users of this service to ensure a good view of the interpreter and the stage. Patrons must book in advance. Bookings through Sydney Festival.
Captioned Performance - Saturday 19 January 1.30pm
Captions are text descriptions that display a performance's dialogue, identify speakers, and describe other relevant sounds that are otherwise inaccessible to people who are deaf or have hearing loss. Captions are synchronized with the performance and can be viewed by everyone in the audience.
Find out more about accessibility at Sydney Opera House.