Audio Described Performances

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

Sleeping Beauty – Audio Described Performances

These performances give vision impaired patrons the opportunity to attend a performance of The Ryman Healthcare Season of Sleeeping Beauty with trained audio describer Nicola Owen broadcasting live commentary which patrons will hear through an earpiece. There will be audio described performances at both schools’ matinees and public performances of Sleeping Beauty. See below for more details.

A free Touch Tour and an introduction to ballet terminology will be held before  the show. Patrons can walk through the set, touch set pieces, feel costumes, handle key props and learn more about the production. An RNZB Dance Educator will explain various ballet terms and the shapes and quality of the movements from the ballet.

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.

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Sleeping Beauty Audio Described Public Performances

Wellington Opera House
Saturday 7 November 1.30pm

Dunedin Regent Theatre
Sunday 15 November 1.30pm

Christchurch Isaac Theatre Royal
Saturday 21 November 1.30pm

Auckland Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre
Sunday 6 December 3pm

To book

To purchase tickets please contact the RNZB Ticketing Team on 04 831 1056 or email: Monday to Friday 10am-4pm
Ticket prices are $25 for children and $45 for adults.
Booking service fee of $2 per transaction.
Seats situated in the stalls.
A free companion ticket is available if required and guide dogs are welcome.

Sleeping Beauty Audio Described School Matinees
For all enquiries please contact Pascale Parenteau, / 021 678 521

Wellington Opera House
Thursday 5 November
12:30pm Performance

Christchurch Isaac Theatre Royal
Friday 20 November
12:30pm Performance

Auckland Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre
Friday 4 December
12:30pm Performance

Watch a video about last year’s audio described performances.

For all enquiries, please email  or contact RNZB Education, Community & Accessibility Manager Pascale Parenteau,  021 678 521

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Audio Described2 For RNZB Education, November 2018. The Nutcracker audio-described performance. Photo credit: Stephen A'Court. COPYRIGHT ©Stephen A'Court

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