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Accessible Shows

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.

Sydney Festival

Accessible perfomance bookings should be made through Sydney Festival. For more information visit Sydney Festival's website.
 
A Ghost in My Suitcase
Come on a breathtaking journey about hunting for ghosts and a secret family gift, adapted from Gabrielle Wang’s award-winning thrilling novel. A 12-year-old Celeste travels to Shanghai to scatter her Chinese mother’s ashes where she meets her gutsy, ghost-hunting grandmother and discovers her own spirit-chasing powers. An overlap of cultures and history, this superb family theatre is not to be missed.
Ages 8+
Audio Described Performance Wednesday 16 January 1:30pm with Preshow Tactile Tour from 12:30pm
Auslan Performance Wednesday 16 January 1:30pm
Captioned Performance Saturday 19 January 1:30pm
 
Man with the Iron Neck
See this powerful new work about a small town Australian family, finding hope and embracing life after trauma, written by leading Australian actor Ursula Yovich.
Ages 16+, contains coarse language and strong adult themes. Trigger warnings.
Auslan Performance Friday 25 January at 7:30pm
 

How to Book

Please call 1300 856 876 or email

Kids & Families

Sarah & Duck's Big Top Birthday
QUACK! The much loved BBC series Sarah & Duck are flying south for their first visit to the Sydney Opera House!
Auslan interpreted performance - Saturday, 15 December 12.30pm
 
91 Storey Treehouse
Explore the nutty world of Andy and Terry’s 91-Storey Treehouse live on stage this summer
Ages 6+
Relaxed Performance Wednesday 9 January 12:30pm
 
Wolfgang's Magical Musical Circus
Tumble and fly through the magical world of Wolfgang on stage and experience Mozart's irrepressible spirit and vibrant compositions through physical comedy and mischievous antics.
Relaxed Performance Thursday 17 January 2019, 12pm
 
Possum Magic
Share in this timeless story of friendship and magic. Grandma Poss uses her best bush magic to make Hush invisible. But when Hush longs to be able to see herself again, the two possums must make their way across Australia to find the magic food that will make Hush visible once more.
Ages 3+
Relaxed Performance Thursday 18 April at 12:30pm
Audio Described Performance Tuesday 23 April at 10:30am with Preshow Tactile Tour from 9:30am
Auslan Performance Saturday 27 April at 2:30pm
 
There’s a Sea in my Bedroom
Weaving together captivating storytelling with a newly composed score performed by ACO Collective.
Ages 2-5
Sing & Play Performance Friday 17 May at 10:30am with post show Music Session
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The Red Tree
Join us for an extraordinary journey to a world of imagination in this new musical theatre work, based on the bestselling book by Shaun Tan.
Ages 8+
Audio Described Performance Wednesday 10 July at 11am with Preshow Tactile Tour from 10am
 
Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts 
Roald  Dahl’s  Revolting  Rhymes  &  Dirty  Beasts  bursts  off  the  page  in  a  spectacular  live  show,  taking  the  world’s best loved  fairy  tales  and  rearranging  them  with  surprising  and  hilarious  twists.  Frighteningly  funny  and  seriously  silly,  it’s guaranteed to delight  and  disgust  in  equal  measures.
Ages 5+
Auslan Performance Thursday 18 July at 2pm
Relaxed Performance Sunday 21 July at 11am
 
Beep
A slightly sideways tale filled with music and puppetry about unexpected friendship, finding where you fit and learning to mix it up a little.
Ages 2+
Relaxed Performance Friday 19 July at 12:30pm
 
One the Bear
A fairy tale for the hip hop generate that guarantees to burst your senses and expand your mind.
Ages 14+
Audio Described Performance Saturday 7 September at 5pm with Preshow Tactile Tour from 4pm
Auslan Performance Saturday 7 September at 2pm
 
Meeting Mozart
Watch with delight as renowned Australian pianist Simon Tedeschi assumes the persona of the musical wunderkind himself, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, on this journey into the music behind the man.
Ages 2-5
Sing & Play Performance Friday 11 October at 10:30am with Post show Music Session 
 
Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo
Journey back in time and meet awesome prehistoric creatures, from cute baby dinos to some of the largest carnivores and herbivores that have ever walked the planet!
Ages 6+
Auslan Performance Wednesday 9 October at 1pm
 
Emil and the Detectives
Never underestimate the determination of a child! Based on Erich Kästner’s 1929 novella, Young Emil catches a train to visit family in the big city, but something valuable is stolen. Can a bunch of kids work together to uncover and outsmart the true criminal?
Ages 8+
Audio Described Performance Sunday 8 December at 1pm with Preshow Tactile Tour from 12pm
Auslan Performance Sunday 8 December at 4pm

How to Book

Please call +61 2 9250 7777 or email

Accessible theatre for children with disability

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All About Women

Sunday 10 March 2019

Auslan and Captioned sessions
A festival designed to make you think and push your boundaries, all about women is a vibrant day that asks questions about gender, justice and equality.

More info about All About Women

 

How to Book

Please call +61 2 9250 7777 or email

Opera Australia

For more information visit Opera Australia's website.

La Boheme | Saturday 16 March at 1pm | Audio Described
Madama Butterfly | Saturday 6 July at 1pm | Audio Described
West Side Story | Saturday 21 September at 1pm | Audio Described

How to Book

Please call 02 9318 8200 or email

Sydney Theatre Company

Accessible perfomance bookings should be made through Sydney Theatre Company. For more information visit Sydney Theatre Company's website.

Mosquitoes
Tuesday 7 May 2019 at 6:30pm and 8pm | Captioned
Saturday 11 May 2019 at 2pm | Audio Described
Thursday 16 May 2019 at 8pm | Auslan Interpretered
 
The Real Thing
Wednesday 16 October 2019 at 1pm | Captioned
Thursday 17 October 2019 at 8pm | Auslan
Friday 25 October 2019 at 8pm | Captioned
Saturday 26 October 2019 at 2pm | Audio Described

 

How to Book

Please call Sydney Theatre Company on +61 2 9250 1777 or email

Bell Shakespeare Company

Accessible perfomance bookings should be made through Bell Shakespeare Company. For more information visit Bell Shakespeare Company's website.

The Miser
Saturday 23 March at 2pm | Captioned
Saturday 23 March at 2pm | Audio Described
 
Much Ado About Nothing
Saturday 17 November at 2pm | Captioned
Saturday 17 November at 2pm | Audio Described

 

How to Book

Please call Bell Shakespeare Company on 1300 305 730 or email

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 and RIDBC 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 and the RIDBC 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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