More touching theatre performances to connect community members living with sight loss

Theatre companies often make their productions accessible for blind and low vision theatre-goers with services like live audio description and tactile tours of the set, props and costumes. Now these services are even more accessible with theatre event packages created by Cocky Guides, a business that specialise in providing unique, multi-sensory adventures for the blind and low-vision community.

Cocky Guides are working with production companies by providing supported group travel for select performances, making it easier for community members living with sight loss to connect with each other and enjoy access services at the theatre like live audio description.

Live audio description provides real-time imagery during gaps in the dialogue on stage via a small earpiece and enables members of the blind and low vision community better understand performers’ actions, expressions and gestures.

“Our first event was an audio described performance of Barbara and the Camp Dogs at the Illawarra Performing Art Centre. We travelled with five vision impaired theatre-goers from Sydney. The performance, audio description, tactile tour and thought provoking talk about the story with the cast, was a truly sensory experience. However our travellers consistently raved about how they really enjoyed connecting with meeting each other, sharing lunch together and conversations about the show. These are experiences that a theatre ticket alone struggle to deliver.” said founder of Cocky Guides, James McFarlane.

Cocky Guides will provide supported group travel for the audio described performance of Once to be held at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre in Wollongong on Saturday 27th July 2019.

For an event package with transport from Sydney contact Cocky Guides by phone on 1300 657 640

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