2013|2014

Audio description

Audio Description

WNO Extra

Audio Description creates vivid spoken images for blind and partially sighted audiences members, allowing them to capture fully the visual aspects of a performance. This is relayed through an easy to use and lightweight headset worn by the listener.

Delivered live and simultaneously with the performance, the Audio Describer provides a visual description of the action, facial expressions and body language. They guide the listener through new scenes, costumes and the relationship and positioning of the characters. The style of the production is also highlighted through description of lighting, locations, atmosphere, and mood.

Pre-performance Notes 
Please take your seats 15 minutes before the performance starts if you would like to hear pre-performance notes read live by the Audio Describer.

These cover the background of the production, description of the set (including colours, size, texture, and positioning of items on stage), introductions to the main characters (including who is playing the role, what they look like, and what they are wearing), a brief synopsis of the plot, and a summary of each act.

Touch Tours 
For most Audio Described performances a free Touch Tour where you can go on stage is available.

Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour - it is advisable that you wear sensible shoes as it is a requirement when on stage and backstage.

“I enjoyed going to the audio described performance.  I found the touch tour very helpful and interesting - amazing set.  The audio description of the opera itself was excellent and made the difference to me between wanting to go to an opera and not wanting to.”

Geraldine Bounds

Touch tours begin at 6pm, or 2.45pm for 4pm performances.  Audio description and touch tours are free - book your place on our touch tour and your headset when booking your opera tickets.

Summer 2014

Birmingham Hippodrome
Nabucco Saturday 21 June 6pm

Autumn 2014

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
William Tell Saturday 27 September 6pm

New Theatre Oxford
William Tell Wednesday 15 October 6pm

Venue Cymru, Llandudno
Carmen Wednesday 22 October 6pm

Liverpool Empire Theatre
Carmen Friday 7 November 6pm

Bristol Hippodrome
Carmen Wednesday 12 November 6pm

Birmingham Hippodrome
Carmen Wednesday 19 November 6pm

Spring 2015

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
The Magic Flute Friday 20 February 6pm

Birmingham Hippodrome
The Magic Flute Friday 6 March 6pm

Venue Cymru, Llandudno
The Magic Flute Friday 13 March 6pm

Milton Keynes Theatre
The Magic Flute Friday 20 March 6pm

Bristol Hippodrome
The Magic Flute Friday 10 April 6pm

Summer 2015

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Pelléas and Mélisande Saturday 6 June 6pm

Birmingham Hippodrome
Pelléas and Mélisande Saturday 13 June 6pm