Facilities for Visually Impaired People

Currently scheduled audio-described performances 

Book of Dust – La Belle SauvageSaturday 12 September 7.30pm
They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?Saturday 23 January 2.30pm
John Gabriel BorkmanSaturday 27 March 2021 2.30pm

Audio description is a live commentary by trained describers, interspersed with the actors’ dialogue. There is also a ‘programme notes’ description, starting 15 minutes before the production, which helps to capture the atmosphere, costumes, characters and action before and during the course of a performance.Description is relayed via an app, we have devices set up already with this app which can be borrowed from the theatre’s cloakroom, or you can download the app on to your own device (see below). When booking for an audio-described performance, please let us know where you’d prefer to sit and the number of devices or earphones you require.

Using the Sennheiser Devices and/or App 
If you plan to use the a Sennheiser headset from ourselves or download the app on your phone for use during a performance, we would recommend booking seats in the Stalls between row D and N. This is to ensure you hear the relay from your audio device correctly. This recommendation may change for different seating configurations so please check in with our Box Office on 0333 320 0051 or boxoffice@bridgetheatre.co.uk.

Touch tours

We aim to offer a touch tour for every audio-described production, usually before an audio-described matinee. 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 half an hour. Please let us know if you’re coming to the tour on your own and we’ll arrange for a member of staff to accompany you. Guide dogs are also welcome on set, subject to an advance assessment to ensure a safe environment. Alternatively, we can arrange for your guide dog to be looked after.

If you wish to attend a touch tour, please contact us at access@bridgetheatre.co.uk or call us on 0333 320 0050 for more information.

Hearing enhancement & headsets

We have an innovative digital radio frequency system for assisted listening and audio description. Our Sennheiser radio receivers give you access to assisted listening and, at certain performances, audio description.

Devices are available to be collected from the theatre cloakroom with headphones or induction neck loops. You may also use your own headphones.

How To Use
1. Plug in your headphones or induction neck loop.
2. Make sure that Channel 1 is selected for audio
enhancement or Channel 2 for audio description (only
available at certain performances). Channels can be
selected via the central button on the device.
3. Adjust your volume via the dial.

Guide Dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome in all spaces of the Bridge Theatre. Please let us know when booking so that we can arrange an aisle seat for you and tell you about any loud noises or special effects that might affect your dog’s comfort. Alternatively, you can leave your dog in the care of our hospitality team.

In the case of an emergency, if it is safe to do so, we will try to reunite a dog with its owner prior to evacuating the building. If this is not possible, staff will bring your dog to the appropriate assembly point.

Mailing list for audio-described performances

To join our free mailing list and receive details about audio-described performances and touch tours, please contact us at boxoffice@bridgetheatre.co.uk or call us on 0333 320 0050 and let us know which format you would prefer – large print, braille or CD.