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Audio Description and Touch Tours

Audio Described performances support people who are blind or partially sighted to access live performance. An Audio Describer provides a live commentary of the visual elements of a performance which is broadcast though a personal headset. They will describe the action such as where the characters are on stage, what they’re wearing, how they gesture and what the set looks like, without intruding on the actors’ dialogue. The commentary begins 15 minutes before curtain up. 

Prior to an Audio Described performance, a Touch Tour offers people who are blind or partially sighted the opportunity to get up close to a selection of costumes and props. The describer gives a full account of the items that you are introduced to and how they feature in the performance. Tickets for Touch Tours are free but should be booked in advance.

2017 International Festival performance listings:

Dance

Yo, Carmen | Edinburgh Playhouse
Audio Describers: Emma-Jane McHenry
Sun 13 Aug 8pm (Touch Tour 7pm)

Nederlands Dans Theater | Edinburgh Playhouse
Audio Describers: Emma-Jane McHenry
Wed 23 Aug 7.30pm (Touch Tour 6.30pm)

Rain | Edinburgh Playhouse
Audio Describers: Emma-Jane McHenry
Sat 26 Aug 8pm (Touch Tour 7pm)

Opera

Greek | Festival Theatre
Audio Describers: Jaqueline Bouchard & Jonathan Penny
Sun 6 Aug 5pm (Touch Tour 3.45pm)

Don Giovanni | Festival Theatre
Audio Describers: Jaqueline Bouchard & Susan Hellier
Fri 11 Aug 7pm (Touch Tour 6pm)

Macbeth | Festival Theatre
Audio Describers: Jaqueline Bouchard & Susan Prenter
Sun 20 Aug 5pm (Touch Tour 4pm)

La bohème | Festival Theatre
Audio Describers: Catriona Gillies & George Hutchison
Sat 26 Aug 3pm (Touch Tour 2pm)

Theatre

Rhinoceros | The Lyceum
Audio Describers: Sheena Guz & Lynsey Rogers
Sat 12 Aug 2.30pm (Touch Tour 1.30pm)

Meet Me at Dawn | Traverse Theatre
Audio Describer: Bridget Stevens
Tue 15 Aug 1.15pm (no Touch Tour)

The Divide Part 1 | King’s Theatre
Audio Describers: Christopher McKiddie & Lynsey Rogers
Sat 19 Aug 2pm (Touch Tour 1pm)

The Divide Part 2 | King’s Theatre
Audio Describers: Koralia Daskalaki & Rosie Wild
Sat 19 Aug 7.30pm

Oresteia: This Restless House | The Lyceum
Audio Describers: Alexas Ispas & Christopher McKiddie
Sun 27 Aug 6pm (Touch Tour 4.45pm)