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The RNZB is committed to making our services and performances available to all New Zealanders.


In a first for New Zealand, and thanks to Auckland Live, we are delighted to offer a live audio description of Romeo & Juliet for blind and visually impaired patrons at the performance on Sunday 3 September.

2.30pm     Pre show Touch Tour
(including an introduction to ballet terminology)

4pm            Performance  

This performance gives blind or visually impaired patrons the opportunity to attend a performance of The Ryman Healthcare Season of Romeo & Juliet with trained audio describer Nicola Owen broadcasting live commentary during the ballet which patrons will hear through an earpiece.

A FREE Touch Tour and an introduction to ballet terminology will be held before the show where patrons can walk through the set, touch set pieces, feel costumes, handle key props and learn more about the production. They will also familiarise themselves with the various ballet terms and discover the shapes and quality of the movements from the ballet with the aid of RNZB Dance Educator Pagan Dorgan.

There are seats reserved for Audio Described patrons. Tickets for these seats range from $38.00 to $48.00 with a free companion ticket made available if required. Children ticket $25. Guide dogs are welcome. Tickets and headsets can be collected from the Air NZ Foyer on level 5 at 3.15pm.

How to book
To book your tickets for this performance call the Ticketmaster Group Booking line on 09 970 9745 or email
A $5 service fee applies if booking over the phone.  When booking please ensure that you tell staff how many headsets you will need, if you plan on attending the free Touch Tour and Dance Workshop before the show, and if you are bringing a guide dog.

More about Romeo & Juliet

Nicola Owen – Audio Describer
Nicola Owen is one of the first trained Audio Describers in New Zealand. She has worked as an Audio Describer since 2011 and she has described live shows including musicals, opera and awards ceremonies. She has also led a series of Audio Described guided walks and Gallery/Museum tours for groups of blind people. She even coordinated social events for the Association of Blind Citizens Auckland branch, of which she is an associate member. She is a qualified rehabilitation worker for working with blind people and has experience in teaching sighted guiding skills. She recently led her first Audio Describer training for Arts Access Aotearoa.

For more information or to book, please contact:
Pascale Parenteau, Education & Community Manager
DDI: (04) 381 9001

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