Audio Described Performances – for schools and public

The Sleeping Beauty – November, December 2020
Audio Described Performances

These performances give vision impaired patrons the opportunity to attend a performance of The Ryman Healthcare Season of Sleeping 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. 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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The 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: subscribe@rnzb.org.nz. 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.

The Sleeping Beauty Audio Described School Matinees – free tickets for visually impaired children.

We are pleased to advise that Parents of Vision Impaired New Zealand Inc have generously provided sponsorship enabling vision impaired children and young people plus their carers to attend an audio described school matinee performance of The Sleeping Beauty ballet free of charge.

Wellington – Opera House
Thursday 5 November
10am – 11am Touch Tour
12.30pm Performance

Christchurch – Isaac Theatre Royal
Friday 20 November
10am – 11am Touch Tour
12.30pm Performance

Auckland – Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre – Aotea Centre
Friday 4 December
10am – 11am Touch Tour
12:30pm Performance

Duration of event: 60 min.
Due to the popularity of these events, seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis – book now so you don’t miss out!

Please complete the booking form and return it to contact RNZB Education, Accessibility & Community Manager Pascale Parenteau, pascale@rnzb.org.nz / 021 678521


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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