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Audio-Described Performances

Audio-described performances include a live description of the visual elements of the production delivered through a discreet headset. This information is minimal and carefully timed so that it does not detract from the music.

Opera North’s audio-described performances include a pre-show touch tour where blind and visually impaired audience members are allowed access to the stage to touch/get a closer look at the sets and costumes. Places for the touch tour are free but must be booked in advance.

In addition to this, an introduction to the visual aspects of the production is sent to all bookers one week prior to the show as an MP3 or CD (please specify at the time of booking). This information is repeated through the headsets 15 minutes before the start of the performance. Large print casts lists are also available on the night, and in braille on request in advance.

Customers booking for the audio description may be eligible for discounts in some venues so please contact the box office in your chosen venue.  You can also then book on the touch tour and reserve a headset.

Watch online: Trouble in Tahiti

The film of Trouble in Tahiti, originally commissioned by The Space, has been produced in accessible formats for D/deaf and hard of hearing, and blind or partially-sighted audience members.

The film is available in full, for free, with audio description, British Sign Language interpretation, or British Sign Language interpretation with subtitles and are also available on Opera North’s YouTube channel.

Audio described performances: 2020/21 season

La traviata

27 October 2020, 7pm Leeds Grand Theatre La traviata
5 November 2020, 7pm Theatre Royal, Newcastle La traviata
12 November 2020, 7pm The Lowry, Salford Quays La traviata
19 November 2020, 7pm Theatre Royal, Nottingham La traviata

Carmen

27 October 2020, 7pm Leeds Grand Theatre Carmen
5 November 2020, 7pm Theatre Royal, Nottingham Carmen
12 November 2020, 7pm The Lowry, Salford Quays Carmen
19 November 2020, 7pm Theatre Royal, Newcastle Carmen
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