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Accessibility at Dublin Theatre Festival

We make every effort to ensure that performances and events in the festival are as accessible as possible to our artists, audiences and guests.

Programme and festival information

For more information about access at specific festival venues follow the links below, or click here for all venue information.

Special seating requirements

If you or a member of your party has particular seating requirements please let a member of our Box Office team know at the time of booking. For full details about accessibility to each of our festival venues phone +353 (0)1 677 8899 or email info@dublintheatrefestival.com.

To enable us to determine your requirements and assist you fully we regret that we are unable to offer wheelchair and special seating bookings online.

Assisted Performances

We’re committed to making our events accessible to  audiences with disabilities
and those who require assisted services.

Audio Description Performances

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,
for more 
information please contact the  Festival Box Office.

The Seagull Gaiety Theatre, Oct 15, 2.30pm
Backstage in Biscuit  Land axis:Ballymun,  Oct 6, 8pm

Captioned Performances
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.

A Midsummer Night’s  Dream Bord Gáis Energy Theatre,  Oct 1, 2.30pm

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

Backstage in Biscuit  Land axis:Ballymun,  Oct 6, 8pm

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.
audience is welcome to move  around and make noise during  the show.
Backstage in Biscuit Land axis:Ballymun,  Oct 5 – 6, 8pm

Autism Friendly  Performances
Autism friendly performances are aimed at families whose children are on the
or those who have sensory  sensitivities. They are relaxed  performances
for the whole 
family, tailored for the comfort  of your child.

Aston’s Stones The Ark,  Oct 14, 12.15pm

Booking and Information
To enable us to give you the best Dublin Theatre Festival  experience
possible please  notify us of your access  requirements by contacting
our Box Office. Phone: +353 1 677 8899  Email: info@ dublintheatrefestival.com
Assisted performances of Donegal and ISL performances  of The Remains of
Maisie Duggan 
and Donegal are available  outside festival dates. Please
visit abbeytheatre.ie for further information.
Audio described and captioned performances are provided by  Arts and Disability
Ireland with 
funding from the Arts Council/An  Chomhairle Ealaíon.

Open House

The festival is pleased to continue this initiative created to increase access to the shows and events in our programme. Open House offers significantly reduced ticket prices for selected festival shows, welcoming community groups and organisations including welfare groups, parent support groups, refugee associations, special needs groups and their carers, and registered charities. The festival will make a number of €10 tickets available to Open House participants on a first come first served basis. Applications are available throughout the year, and forms are available from info@dublintheatrefestival.com or by phone on +353 (0)1 677 8439. Please get in touch. We would love to hear from you.

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