Opera House more accessible – on and off the stage

Monday, 27 March 2017 12:02pm

The Sydney Opera House has launched its biggest ever Access Program for 2017. The line-up of events features more than 70 accessible shows, workshops and experiences that are sure to delight children and adults of all abilities, with more mobility access options, and an expanded array of accessible performances.

Main theatre of Sydney Opera House

Main theatre of Sydney Opera House

Underpinned by the Sydney Opera House’s Access Strategic Plan of 2016-18, the 2017 Opera House access program is their biggest yet, increasing the number of accessible performances available to the community. Highlights include:

·        Accessible performances – AUSLAN interpreted, captioned or sensory/Autism-friendly performances of the year's most anticipated children’s shows including Creature: An Adaptation of Dot and the Kangaroo, Flying Fruit Fly Circus’ Junk, Music of the ForestHorrible Harriet and 7 Stages of Grieving.

·        Accessible Performance and Sing & Playseries – Select accessible performances of children’s shows such as Music of the Forest will be followed by Sing & Play sessions where kids can experiment with musical instruments. Led by music therapists, the sessions will be presented in partnership with Lifestart and the Royal Institute of Deaf & Blind Children.

·        Dancing Story workshops – A new dance workshop for children aged 3-5 years, led by The Australian Ballet’s education team, will give little ones their first experience of dance, regardless of their learning styles or physical abilities.

·        Dancing Connections – Presented in partnership with Dance for Parkinson's Australia and Mark Morris Dance Group's ‘Dance for PD’ program, the first series of 2017 partners with The Australian Ballet and brings to life The Nutcracker: The Story of Clara.


Alongside its year-round Access Program, the Opera House is making significant progress with plans to open up more of the building to the public and improve access around the site for those with mobility issues. These essential works, which form part of Stage 1 Renewal of the Opera House, include greater access to the Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre, wheelchair accessible seating positions and new Box Office and Foyer lifts and escalators.


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