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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.

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Kids & Families

ABC Classic Kids: Music for the Dreaming
An immersive introduction to live classical music and storytelling created especially for young children.
Relaxed performances - Saturday, 18 August 10am, Saturday, 25 August 10am
Sing and Play - Friday, 24 August 10am
 
Bambert's Book of Lost Stories
Discover the truly magnificent story of an impossibly small man with an enormous love for writing.
Audio description and tactile tour - Wednesday, 3 October 11am
Relaxed performance - Saturday, 6 October 11am
Auslan interpreted performance - Saturday, 6 October 2.15pm
 
Snow Dragon
Join Billy the goat, Rosie the pig and Spike the hedgehog on the biggest adventure in the wintry world!
Auslan interpreted performance - Thursday, 11 October 12.30pm
Relaxed performance - Friday, 12 October 10am
 
Yo Diddle Diddle
A hilarious hip hop infused adventure of one cow and her desire to jump over the Moon.
Relaxed performance - Saturday, 13 October 10am
Auslan interpreted performance - Sunday, 14 October 10.30am

How to Book

Please call +61 2 9250 7111 or email

Talks & Ideas

The Gauntlet
Immerse yourself in a musical composition, performed by a choir of 50 voices. Explore at your own pace between formations of singers, experiencing musical phrases and tones as they echo within the architecture of the Joan Sutherland Theatre foyer. The access session will be staged moving through a level area without stairs which is suitable for patrons in wheelchairs and those with mobility requirements that make climbing stairs difficult.
Access Session – Sunday 2 September, 4:15pm
More info about the show 

Antidote,
1-2 September, various sessions
Antidote is a weekend of ideas, action and change, with a potentially life-changing lineup of remarkable speakers, thinkers and creators. 

Don’t miss these Auslan interpreted sessions:
How to be an activist
Mindfully declutter
Three ways to save the world
Now what do we do?
The original lifehackers
Chelsea Manning wants to change the world
Queerstories
Politics, protest and pop culture 

More info about the festival

How to Book

Please call +61 2 9250 7111 or email

Opera Australia

For more information visit Opera Australia's website.

Evita
27 October 1pm | Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House |  Audio Described
27 October 1pm | Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House | Captioned

How to Book

Please call 02 9318 8200 or email

Accessible theatre for children with disability

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UnWrapped

Ich Nibber Dibber
From piercings and parties to marriage and motherhood, celebrate a lifetime of friendship in this hilarious new theatre work by acclaimed performance trio, post.
Recommended ages 16+
Auslan interpreted, 17th August, 7pm

 

How to Book

Please call +61 2 9250 7111 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 Long Forgotten Dream
25 Aug 2pm | Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House | Audio Described
24 Aug 8pm | Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House | Captioned
23 Aug 8pm | Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House | Auslan

Accidental Death of an Anarchist 
20 Oct 2pm | Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House | Audio Described
10 Oct 1pm; 19 Oct 8pm | Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House | Captioned
11 Oct 8pm | Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House | Auslan

 

How to Book

Please call Sydney Theatre Company on +61 2 9250 1777 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.

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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