Audio Described Performances

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

Hansel & Gretel – Audio Described Performances

These performances give vision impaired patrons the opportunity to attend a performance of The Ryman Healthcare Season of Hansel & Gretel 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 Hansel & Gretel. 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. RNZB Dance Educator Chloe Bishop 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.

Read more about Hansel & Gretel

Hansel & Gretel Audio Described Public Performances

Christchurch Isaac Theatre Royal
Saturday 23 November
11:30am – 12:30pm Touch Tour
1:30pm Performance
Bookings: Tickets for the Audio Description are available to book through Premium Products team – by phoning 03 379 0597 or email PremiumP@ticketek.co.nz

Dunedin Regent Theatre
Saturday 30 November
5:30pm – 6:15pm Touch Tour
7:30pm Performance
Bookings: Tickets for the Audio Description are available to book through the Regent Theatre box office – by phoning 03 477 8597 or in-person at the theatre.

Auckland Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre
Saturday 7 December
11:30am – 12:30pm Touch Tour
1:30pm Performance
Bookings: Tickets for the Audio Description are available to book through the Ticketmaster Groups team – By phoning 09 970 9745 or emailing groups@ticketmaster.co.nz

Please note
A free companion ticket is available if required and guide dogs are welcome. 
Please contact RNZB Education, Community & Accessibility Manager Pascale Parenteau, pascale@rnzb.org.nz / 021 678 521 to advise 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. Ticket prices are $24 for children and $40 for adults + booking fees. Ticket price includes a free companion ticket. Contact your local ticketing agency for more details.

Hansel & Gretel Audio Described School Matinees
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 Hansel & Gretel ballet free of charge.

ue 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 Pascale Parenteau, pascale@rnzb.org.nz / 021 678 521

Wellington Opera House
Friday 8 November
10:00am – 11:00am Touch Tour
12:30pm Performance

Christchurch Isaac Theatre Royal
Friday 22 November
10:00am – 11:00am Touch Tour
12:30pm Performance

Auckland Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre FULLY BOOKED
Friday 6 December
10:00am – 11:00am Touch Tour
12:30pm Performance

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

For all enquiries, please email pascale@rnzb.org.nz  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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