New pre-show notes service for audio described theatre

Error message

Deprecated function: Array and string offset access syntax with curly braces is deprecated in include_once() (line 14 of /home/mediacc/public_html/themes/engines/phptemplate/phptemplate.engine).
Friday, 30 August 2013 16:46pm

Vision Australia has launched a new pre-show notes service for blind and vision impaired patrons of audio described theatre. Pre-show notes provide set design descriptions, character descriptions, synopses, local reviews, and background to the playwright, actors and more.

Audio description for theatre, delivered live by trained audio describers, provides patrons with verbal descriptions of transitions, movements, gestures, props, settings, costumes and scenery in a vivid and succinct manner during pauses in dialogue. To complement this in-theatre free service, Vision Australia will now email pre-show notes to increase access and enrich patrons’ experiences.

The system has been trialled over the last few months and the note style has been refined to best deliver the required information.

The first official pre-show notes have been delivered to audio description patrons attending next week’s Melbourne Theatre Company performance of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. Vision Australia expects to expand its pre-show notes across all musicals, operas, plays and ballets it audio describes each year.

Pre-show notes and audio description come at no extra cost. To receive Vision Australia’s pre-show notes and other useful information about upcoming audio described events contact Michael Ward  or phone 1300 84 7466.

Top of page