Theatre audio describers


Audio introductions

Introductions describe the visual elements of a production and are sent out on a CD, made available on the website, and delivered immediately before the performance. They include descriptions of settings, costumes, characters and the ‘style’ of a piece. They allow the describer to set the action of the play in its visual context, and to describe certain visual effects when there may be no time to describe them during the performance. They can also include interesting material from the printed programme.

Guide to Audio Introductions (PDF)

Guidelines for phonetic re-spellings in audio introductions (PDF 0.11 MB)

Guidelines for Touch Tours

For many blind or partially sighted theatre-goers, a touch tour is an essential part of the theatre experience. Having access to the stage and set before a performance is a way of firming up the descriptive information they may have already received and provides them with extra detail to allow them to engage with the production. Patrons will explore the space, and may like to handle selected props, costumes and furniture

Touch Tour Guidelines (PDF 0.07 MB)

Attendance on a Touch Tour (PDF, 0.07 MB)

The Sound Check

Running a sound check before an audio-described performance (PDF, 0.08 MB)

Vocal Delivery Guidelines

If you’re reading something, you have the opportunity to go back and read again if the sense is not clear. Your listener does not have that ability, so it’s vital to signpost meaning through the way you deliver the information. This does not merely mean emphasising words or phrases – it’s more subtle than that.

Vocal delivery guidelines (PDF 0.13 MB)

VocalEyes Code of Practice

The Code of Practice prescribes standards of conduct that must be adhered to in order to provide assurance of professional standards to users of the VocalEyes audio description service, and maintain the integrity of the profession

VocalEyes Code of Practice for Theatre Describers (PDF, 0.07 MB)