Theatre and performing arts

What is theatre audio description?

Theatre audio description enables a blind or partially sighted person to experience and enjoy a performance on an equal basis, with friends and family or independently. It takes the form or a live verbal commentary which provides information on the visual elements of a production as it unfolds. It describes action that is essential to an understanding of the play’s story, as well as other visual information such as the style and design of a production, facial expressions and visual jokes that a blind or partially sighted member of the audience might otherwise miss. The description is delivered live in the gaps between the dialogue by a describer, broadcast using infrared, radio or WiFi and picked up by the audience member wearing a special lightweight headset.

VocalEyes works with theatres and producers so their plays and venues can be accessible for visually impaired audiences. We provide audio description, touch tours and supporting accessible information about the production, the venue and its facilities. We also deliver visual awareness training and front of house training.

Audio description service for theatres and producers

Audio description service for digital theatre

Visual awareness training for customer-facing staff

Accessible performances course for drama schools

State of Theatre Access