Facilities for Visually Impaired People
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 our Sennheiser radio receivers, available to be collected from the theatre cloakroom with headphones or induction neck loops, which allow you to choose between audio description, assisted listening, or both.
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 email@example.com 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 inner ear or outer ear headphones or induction neck loops. We recommend patrons bring their own headphones if they prefer, which must have an 3.5mm jack to work with our devices.
How To Use
1. Plug in your headphones or induction neck loop.
2. Channels can be selected via the central button on the device:
– Channel 1 is for assisted listening only
– Channel 2 is for assisted listening and audio description
– Channel 3 is for audio description only
(Audio description is only available at certain performances).
3. Adjust your volume via the dial.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0333 320 0050 and let us know which format you would prefer – large print, braille or CD.