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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Captioning is similar to television subtitling and converts the spoken word into text, which is displayed on a screen on or next to the stage. When booking, please ask for seats suitable for captioning. This is useful for people who are hard of hearing or who are deaf.
Irish Sign Language Interpreted Performances
These performances are interpreted by an Irish Sign Language (ISL) interpreter.
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.
Autism friendly performance
Autism friendly performances are aimed at families whose children are on the spectrum or those who have sensory sensitivities. They are relaxed performances for the whole family, tailored for the comfort of your child.
Audio described, captioned, ISL interpreted and relaxed performances are facilitated by Arts & Disability Ireland.