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We’re committed to making our events accessible to audiences with disabilities and those who require assisted services. Each year, facilitated by Arts and Disability Ireland, our programme includes audio-described performances with touch tours, captioned performances, Irish Sign Language Interpreted performances, as well as relaxed and autism-friendly performances.

We also endeavour to make all of our festival venues as accessible as possible, you can read more about each venue here, or alternatively please contact our Box Office where one of our team will be happy to help you with any requirements or queries.

Phone +353 1 677 8899
Email info@dublintheatrefestival.com
Audio description 
Audio description is a live verbal commentary providing information on the visual elements of a production as it unfolds, from sets, props and costumes to actors’ facial expressions and movements. Audio description is delivered through a personal headset. This is useful for people with visual impairments or people who are blind. Audio described performances will include programme notes and touch tours.

Programme notes contain descriptions of the set, characters and costumes, and are available for audiences who are visually impaired or blind. These will be read 20 minutes before audio described performances and will be available in advance if requested via info@dublintheatrefestival.com. We also offer a touch tour for every audio described production. It's a chance to visit the set, feel the props and enhance your enjoyment of the show. The tour is free and lasts about 30 minutes.

Audio Described Performance and Touch Tour: King of the Castle , Gaiety Theatre, Oct 14 2.30pm

Irish Sign Language Interpreted Performances 
These performances are interpreted by an Irish Sign Language (ISL) interpreter.

ISL Interpreted Performance: Tribes , Gate Theatre, Oct 13 7.30pm

Relaxed Performances
Relaxed performances are aimed at people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including people on the autism spectrum, people with sensory and communication impairments, and people with intellectual disabilities. The audience is welcome to move around and make noise during the show.

Relaxed performance: If Only Rosa Could Do Magic , The Ark, Oct 2 12.15pm

Audio described, ISL interpreted and relaxed performances are facilitated by Dublin Theatre Festival, Gate Theatre and Arts & Disability Ireland.

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