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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.

Kids & Families

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
 
Whoosh!
An immersive and multi-sensory performance that puts young explorers with disabilities at the centre of the action, as they become co-pilots of an interstellar adventure. 
Ages 5-9 (learning age) and 5+ (children with disabilities) 
Wednesday 7 August - Saturday 10 August 
 
One the Bear
A fairy tale for the hip hop generation 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
 
The Midnight Gang
David Walliams' bestselling novel comes to life on stage.
Ages 6+
Auslan Performance Saturday 11 January at 3.30pm 

How to Book

Please call +61 2 9250 7777 or email

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.

Accessible theatre for children with disability

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Talks & Ideas

Antidote

You are invited to Antidote.
You, curators of life changing ideas;
Lovers of unconventional action,
Seekers of change and rebellion.
Join the movement at Antidote,
As speakers and doers unite to bring hope.
 
31 August
Art & Rebellion - Kim Gordon 2.30pm-3.30pm AUSLAN
 
1 September
Collective Tarot Reading - 11am-12pm AUSLAN 
Antisemitism: Here and Now - 11am-12pm CAPTION
The Problem with Polling - 11am-12pm AUSLAN
The State We're In - 1pm-2pm AUSLAN
Who Gets to Speak? - 1pm-2pm CAPTION
Press & Power in Africa - 2pm-3pm AUSLAN
A Rohingya Speaks - 2pm-3pm AUSLAN
From Diplomat to Defector - 3pm-4pm CAPTION
Because Self Care - 3pm-4pm AUSLAN
My Crime Is Journalism - 3.15pm-4.30pm AUSLAN
Please Explain - 4pm-5pm AUSLAN
The Case for Hope - 5pm-6pm CAPTION
Dark Data - 6pm-7.15pm AUSLAN

How to Book

Please call +61 2 9250 7777 or email
Web bookings
Please select Auslan or Caption prices when choosing the price type on the event page. Option to book a multipack for accessible sessions.

Opera Australia

For more information visit Opera Australia's website.

Madama Butterfly | Saturday 6 July at 1pm | Audio Described
West Side Story | Saturday 21 September at 1pm | Audio Described
La Boheme | Tuesday 21 January at 3.30pm | Relaxed

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.

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.

Titus Andronicus
Saturday 14 September at 2pm | Captioned
Saturday 14 September 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 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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