Theatre tours for the hard of hearing

Deaf and blind patrons of Devonshire Park Theatre have a tour and meet the cast'03/09/11
Deaf and blind patrons of Devonshire Park Theatre have a tour and meet the cast'03/09/11

A TOUCH tour of the Devonshire Park Theatre helped give a group of hearing and visually impaired people a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the venue’s latest show.

The visit, organised by the Friends of the theatre, saw ladies from the East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre meet actors and crew from the See How They Run production.

Tricia Sneath, who organised the walk around, said, “We began the tour 90 minutes before the curtain went up and had all the actors on the stage so the costumes and the set could be touched by the ladies. They also heard some of the sound effects used in the performance. See How They Run was performed by The Original Theatre Company and at the beginning of November the same company will do Twelfth Night.

“It was quite moving to see how this young company went to so much trouble to ensure that three elderly ladies with hearing and sight problems had such a memorable experience.

“It was a resounding success and I hope that this touch tour will be the first of many, although we do not at the moment have any further tours planned yet.”

The Friends also have an audio brochure to accompany the regular listings, available - along with more information on the tours or the Friends - on 725709.