Perth’s Shakespeare in the Park features an audio described session

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Wednesday, 11 January 2012 13:21pm

Shakespeare WA has paired up with the Association for the Blind WA to bring A Comedy of Errors to blind and vision impaired theatre fans. A special session of the comedy will be held on 1 February with audio description to convey the visual elements of the performance.

The Association jumped at the chance to be part of such a significant initiative for those who are blind and vision impaired after they were approached by the theatre company, said Dr Margaret Crowley, Chief Executive Officer.

“Audio description helps people who are blind or vision impaired to further understand the narrative of a performance, who the voices belong to and what’s happening on stage,” said Crowley. “It means that they no longer need the assistance of their family or friends at a performance. It's all explained via headsets and they can get as absorbed in the performance as a sighted patron. It makes a huge difference to their level of enjoyment of entertainment and the arts.”

The performance will be held under the stars at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth. Twenty-five audio description units will be available on the night so it is best to arrive early. Tickets and units can be booked through Shakespeare WA or by calling 08 9484 1133 (ticket booking fees apply).  

Many performances around the country feature captioned and audio described sessions. To find out about how arts can be made accessible to people with a site or hearing impairment visit our Cinema and the Arts section.

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