Here at Birmingham Hippodrome access for all is extremely important to us, enabling a range of people and audiences to enjoy the magic of live theatre.
As part of our access programme, we offer Audio Described performances with a pre-show touch tour for most productions on our main stage.
The pre-show touch tour allows audience members who are blind or visually impared to go backstage to get a feel of what the set and costumes for the performance feel like. Attendees are invited to feel some of the textures and fabrics of the costumes, explore the detail and shape of the set and get a general feeling of what is on stage throughout the performance.
Following the touch tour the production is then described by two professional audio describers who sit in a box at the rear of the theatre relaying the action on stage to audience members wearing headsets in the auditorium.
These special performances allow theatre-going fans who are blind or visually impared to come along and enjoy live performance with us and gain the most from their visit.
For a short video clip on what a touch tour at Birmingham Hippodrome involves CLICK HERE.
We also have a great new podcast recorded at our latest touch-tour for The Phantom of the Opera – you can listen on the player below or CLICK HERE to visit our Podcasts page.