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Accessible performances

We want everyone to have the opportunity to experience the magic of live shows and special programs at the Sydney Opera House. Here you'll find our program of inclusive performances for people of all ages and abilities. Click any of the below buttons to see performances from that company or genre.

Kids & Families

How to book:

  • Please call +61 2 9250 7777 or email accessibility@sydneyoperahouse.com
  • For web bookings, please select Auslan or Caption prices when choosing the price type on the event page. Click the Book Now link on the event page for Sing & Play events. Relaxed events do not have allocated seating, please book standard tickets.


The Midnight Gang

  • Ages 6+
  • Auslan Performance Saturday 11 January at 3.30pm 

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Games

  • Ages 13+
  • Auslan Performance Monday 6 April at 6pm

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The Gruffalo's Child

  • Ages 3+
  • Audio Described Performance Saturday 11 April at 3:15pm
  • Relaxed Performance Tuesday 14 April at 12:45pm
  • Auslan Performance Sunday 19 April at 10:45am

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Charlie & the War Against the Grannies

  • Ages 5+
  • Relaxed Performance Tuesday 21 April at 12:45pm
  • Auslan Performance Friday 24 April at 10:45am

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Teeny Tiny Stevies

  • Ages 0-6
  • Auslan Performance Sunday 26 April at 1pm

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Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge

  • Ages 3+
  • Sing & Play Dedicated Performance Friday 21 August at 12pm

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Ishmael

  • Ages 12+
  • Audio Described Performance Sunday 13 December at 3pm

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Talks & Ideas

How to book:

  • Please call +61 2 9250 7777 or email accessibility@sydneyoperahouse.com
  • For web bookings, please select Auslan or Caption prices when choosing the price type on the event page. Click the Book Now link on the event page for Sing & Play events. Relaxed events do not have allocated seating, please book standard tickets.


All About Women

  • Suitable for all ages. Some performances may vary.
  • All About Women Auslan interpreted and captioned sessions, Sunday 8 March

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All About Women Access Multipack

  • Access Multipacks available 
  • Save when you buy 5 shows from the All About Women season

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Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister

  • Suitable for all ages
  • Live captioned talk, Sunday 8 March at 10.30am

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The Forgotten Women of Astronomy

  • Suitable for all ages
  • Live captioned talk, Sunday 8 March at 12.15pm

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Know My Name

  • Suitable for all ages. Content warning applies. 
  • Live captioned talk, Sunday 8 March at 4.15pm

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The Witches Are Coming

  • Suitable for all ages
  • Live captioned talk, Sunday 8 March at 6.15pm

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The Women of ISIS

  • Suitable for all ages
  • Auslan Interpreted Performance, Sunday 8 March at 10.30am

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Abusive Cultures

  • Suitable for all ages. Content warning applies. 
  • Auslan Interpreted Performance, Sunday 8 March at 11am

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Hot Flush Living

  • Suitable for all ages
  • Auslan Interpreted Performance, Sunday 8 March at 12.45pm

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Conversations with Feminists

  • Suitable for all ages
  • Auslan Interpreted Performance, Sunday 8 March at 1pm

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No Men, No Meat, No Machines

  • Suitable for all ages. 
  • Auslan Interpreted Performance, Sunday 8 March at 2.30pm

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Rethinking Beauty

  • Suitable for all ages
  • Auslan Interpreted Performance, Sunday 8 March at 4.15pm

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The Thread of War

  • Suitable for all ages
  • Auslan Interpreted Performance, Sunday 8 March at 6pm

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Artist Sector & Development

How to book:

  • Please call +61 2 9250 7777 or email accessibility@sydneyoperahouse.com
  • For web bookings, please select Auslan or Caption prices when choosing the price type on the event page. Click the Book Now link on the event page for Sing & Play events. Relaxed events do not have allocated seating, please book standard tickets.

Unwrapped: Wake in Fright

  • Ages 15+
  • Audio described performances, Thursday 13 February at 7pm

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Accessible theatre for children with disability

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Opera Australia

To book please call +61 2 9318 8200 or email ticket@opera.org.au

La Boheme

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Aida

  • Ages 8+
  • Audio described performance, Monday 6 July at 7.30pm

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Faust

  • Ages 16+
  • Audio described performance, Saturday 22 February at 12.30pm

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Eugene Onegin

  • Ages 8+
  • Audio described performance, Saturday 1 August at 12pm

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The Light in the Piazza

  • Ages 8+
  • Audio described performance, Saturday 22 August, 1pm

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The Australian Ballet

To book please call 1300 369 741 or book online at www.australianballet.com.au

 

There are currently no accessible performances available. 

Sydney Theatre Company

Accessible perfomance bookings should be made through Sydney Theatre Company. Please call Sydney Theatre Company on +61 2 9250 1777

Home, I'm Darling

  • Ages 16+
  • Caption performances, Tuesday 5 May at 6.30pm
  • Audio described performances, Saturday 9 May at 2pm
  • Auslan Interpreted performances, Thursday 14 May at 8pm
  • Caption performances, Friday 15 May at 8pm

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Bell Shakespeare 

Accessible performance bookings should be made through Bell Shakespeare Company. Please call Bell Shakespeare Company on 1300 305 730.

Hamlet

  • Ages 15+
  • Caption performances, Saturday 21 March at 2pm
  • Audio described performances, Saturday 21 March at 2pm, with preshow Tactile Tour at 1pm

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Comedy of Errors

  • Ages 15+
  • Caption performances, Saturday 31 October at 2pm
  • Audio described performances with Tactile Tour, Saturday 31 October at 2pm

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Sydney Festival

To book please call 02 8880 9214, email access@sydneyfestival.org.au or book online at sydneyfestival.org.au/accessibility.

Laser Beak Man

  • Auslan interpreted performance Saturday 11 January at 7:00pm
  • Relaxed performance Sunday 12 January at 2:00pm
  • Captioned performance Sunday 12 January at 6:00pm

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Opening Night

  • Full season surtitled
  • In French with English Surtitles, 75% visual content

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Additional Information

Captioned Performances

Captions are text descriptions that display a film's dialogue, identify speakers, and describe other relevant sounds that are otherwise inaccessible to people who are deaf or have hearing loss. The areas of the venue where the screens that will show the captions are visible can be booked by selecting the CAPTION seats.

Auslan Interpreted Performances 

Experienced Auslan theatre interpreters stand to the side of the stage and translate what the actors are saying or singing into Auslan. A block of seats is reserved for users of this service to ensure a good view of the interpreter and the stage. The areas of the venue where the interpreters are visible can be booked by selecting the Auslan seats.

Accessible Performance and Sing & Play Sessions

Sydney Opera House in partnership with Lifestart organisation offer Accessible Sing & Play sessions. These dedicated performances are designed to ensure everyone is able to enjoy the theatre experience in a supportive, friendly and relaxed environment. The Sing & Play session is offered in the foyer area after the performance and includes a range of fun play activities supported by the Lifestart team. A supported music program based on the musical themes from the performance is also provided and facilitated by our very own Sing & Play music therapist.

Relaxed Performances

Relaxed performances are open to everyone, but with modifications to sound and lighting to be more suited for children on the autism spectrum, individuals with other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities and anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment.

Audio Described Performances

An audio description service is a live commentary of the visual elements of a performance by trained volunteer audio describers for those who are blind or have low vision. Audio description is relayed via a free headset and receiver linked to the FM radio system. This service can be booked by selecting the AUDIO DESCRIBED seats when booking and collecting the headset from the Box Office prior to the performance.

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.

Tactile Tour

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.

Thank you

Please join us in thanking our donors to the Opera House’s Accessible Performances program, including the Sydney Opera House Ladies' Committee.

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