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Accessible Performances

We want everyone to have the opportunity to experience the magic of live performances 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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Vivid LIVE - Audio Described Events

Sydney Opera House
Monday 12 June

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Audio-described concert 
Presented in partnership with Sydney Film Festival and Vivid LIVE. 
Concert Hall 
Monday 12 June 3-5pm 

A unique musical journey through vistas few have visited – a visceral experience with live visuals by the gifted film director Jennifer Peedom, and music by Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. 

A trained audio-describer delivers the program relayed via an in-house receiver to an earpiece. The audio description seeks to enhance the concert-going experience for audience members who are blind or have a low vision through describing the movements and actions of the orchestra as well as relating the visual elements of the concert. Audio-described concert tickets for this performance are available to patrons who are blind or have low vision and their companion only. Headsets will be available for collection from Sydney Opera House Box Office area one hour prior to the performance. 

Audio-description headsets numbers are subject to availability. A $7.50 fee applies per ticket transaction. 
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How to Book

Please call Access Manager Dean Watson on +61 2 8274 3819 or email

Vivid LIVE Lighting of the Sails 

Audio-described session 
Monday 12 June 6pm 
Registration essential 

Sydney Opera House is excited to invite visitors who are blind or have low vision and their companions to join us for a personalised live audio-described tour of the Opera House’s Lighting of the Sails, Vivid LIVE’s most public event.

How to Book

To register please visit the event page: Vivid LIVE Lighting of the Sails Audio-described session

Creative Learning

Primary Students

Horrible Harriet
Auslan interpreted performance
Thursday 6 April, 10.00am
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Secondary Students

The 7 Stages of Grieving
Auslan interpreted performance
Thursday 18 May, 10.00am
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How to Book

Please call +61 2 9250 7770 or email

Kids & Families

Creature: An Adaptation of Dot and the Kangaroo
Accessible Performance and Sing and Play session
Friday 21 April, 10.30am
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JUNK: The Flying Fruit Fly Circus 
Sensory/Autism-friendly performance 
Monday 10 July, 11.00am 
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Music of the Forest
Accessible Performance and Sing and Play session
Friday 28 July, 11.45am
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Little Big Shots
Captioned Screening
Sunday 10 September, 3.30pm
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Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium
Auslan interpreted performance
Thursday 28 September, 1.30pm
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How to Book

Please call Please call +61 2 9250 7111 or email

Accessible theatre for children with disability

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Sydney Theatre Company

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

Wednesday 26 April, 8pm - Captioned
Friday 28 April, 8pm - Captioned
Saturday 29 April, 2pm - Audio described
Thursday 4 May, 8pm - Auslan interpreted
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Wednesday 4 October, 1pm - Captioned
Friday 13 October, 8pm - Captioned
Saturday 14 October, 2pm - Audio described
Thursday 19 October, 8pm - Auslan interpreted
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Three Sisters
Wednesday 29 October, 1pm - Captioned
Friday 1 December, 8pm - Captioned
Saturday 2 December, 8pm - Audio described
Thursday 7 December, 8pm - Auslan interpreted
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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. Captions are synchronized with the film image and can be viewed by everyone in the audience.

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. If you wish to be seated in this area for these productions, please choose AUSLAN seats when booking.

Accessible Performance and Sing & Play Sessions

Sydney Opera House in partnership with Lifestart organisation and RIDBC are thrilled to announce the dates of our Accessible performance/Sing & Play sessions for 2017. These performances are designed to ensure everyone is able to enjoy the theatre experience in a supportive, friendly and relaxed environment. The free Sing & Play session is offered in the Drama Theatre Foyer either before or after the performance (check times) 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.

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 Dr Eileen Ong, an Opera House Utzon Idealist major donor to the Opera House’s Accessible Performances program.

Thank you also to our other program donors, including the Sydney Opera House Ladies' Committee.

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