People with limited sight may have been denied some of the delights provided by a visit to the theatre. Perhaps they are unable to read the programme, see the colours of the costumes or maybe the set is a blur.
If this is the case for you or someone you know, audio described performances are a wonderful solution to ensure everyone is able to enjoy live theatre at the Grade II listed Devonshire Park Theatre.
The Friends of the Devonshire Park Theatre provide a free service at week-long productions at the Victorian playhouse on Friday evenings and Saturday matinee performances, with orientation tours of the set available on request.
Guide dogs are welcome at the venues and orientation tours of the venues themselves are available (call 01323 415500 to book).
During these audio described performances a specially trained volunteer from The Friends describes elements which a person with limited vision may not be able to see.
Using the service is easy, a member of the audio description support team hands out head-sets in the foyer before the show, which are the same head-sets used by people who need help with hearing the production, but the audio description is on a different channel.
Usually ten minutes before the performance begins the describer, who is sitting in a box at the back of the dress-circle, will tell you about the actors in the play and what they will be wearing when they come on to the stage.
You will also be given a description of the set and told about anything that is not explained by the actor’s dialogue.
If you have a member of your family or a friend who cannot read this article because of poor eyesight then please tell them about this service.
Eastbourne Theatres also produce a seasonal audio brochure which lists full details of shows at all the venues - available on request from the box office. For more details about audio described services and for a full list of all audio described performances call 01323 412000 or book at www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk.