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Audio Described Performances

Audio Described Performances

Suitable for those who are visually impaired or blind. A description of the set and costumes is combined with a commentary on the action to bring the show to life. Audio described performances tend to take place on Saturday matinee performances At His Majesty’s Theatre. You will need an infrared headset to make use of this service; please let the box office know at point of booking if you require a headset.

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His Majesty’s Theatre seating plan

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BSL Interpreted Performances

BSL Interpreted Performances

Our interpreter will stand in a visible position and interpret the spoken elements of a performance using British Sign Language. You can book through the box office.

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Captioned Performances

Captioned Performances

Suitable for those who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing. The actor’s words appear on a display unit (or screens) on or near the stage at the same time as they are spoken or sung – just like television subtitling. Speaker names, sound effects and offstage noises are also shown. 

Captioning units are positioned on the stage front (one either side of the stage), offering the best view of the subtitles around the theatre. They can be seen from every seat in the house, allowing you to watch the action on stage and read the subtitles at the same time.

Book your tickets online or through the box office.

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Hearing Assistance

Infrared Hearing System  

This system works by projecting a signal in to the auditorium, which is then picked up by a receiver (this should be facing outwards on the headset or neck loop). Headsets can be collected from our Front of House team before the start of the show, and they can help you get the system set up and adjusted to your requirements.

 

Hearing Assistance Dogs

Let us know in advance if you are bringing your hearing assistance dog. They are more than welcome.

Sennheiser Mobile Connect  

MobileConnect is a Wi-Fi based system that enables audio to be streamed in real time to a smartphone or tablet. You can use your own smartphone or tablet and headphones to connect. We have a limited number of smartphones which can be borrowed.

Download the Sennheiser MobileConnect app before the start of a performance. Connect to the system as if connecting to a local Wi-Fi point, select the audio, connect to headphones or neck loop (if a hearing aid user) and adjust the volume as required.

 

Mobile Connect – Google Play StoreMOBILE CONNECT – APPLE APP STORE

Relaxed Performances

Relaxed Performances

A  specially adapted version of the show, modified for those who would benefit from a more relaxed environment. It is particularly helpful for those with an autism spectrum condition or learning difficulty, or anyone who has a general anxiety around coming to an unfamiliar place. Everyone is welcome at a relaxed performance.

What to expect during a relaxed performance –

  • The auditorium doors are left open
  • The  audience is free to come and go as they please during the performance
  • A quiet area is  provided away from the performance if it is needed
  • The house lights won’t be lowered to the same degree
  • Strobe lighting is at a minimum, if at all
  • Music is played more quietly with fewer loud or sudden sound effects

Our friendly staff will be on hand to support you before, during and after the performance.

If you are visiting one of our venues for the first time you can arrange to visit in advance contact hello@aberdeenperformingarts.com

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Touch Tours

Touch Tours

Those who are visually impaired are able to experience being on the stage, and feel components of the show such as the set, props and costumes. It can help to build a picture of the play while listening to the Audio Description. Touch tours usually take place one hour prior to most audio described performances and are ticketed and free of charge.

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Essential Companion

Essential Companion

We want to make sure everyone can participate and enjoy events at our venues equally.  We provide one free Essential Companion ticket for those who need someone to be with them in order to come to an event.

An Essential Companion is someone who assists the customer with mobility or guidance, and ensures their safety and enjoyment at our venues. (An essential companion is not normally someone who is only required to provide assistance with transport to the venue).

We’re pleased to accept the Access Card with the ‘+1’ symbol (or equivalent) as entitlement to a free Essential Companion ticket. Please show your Access Card (or equivalent) to the Box Office who will update your customer record with Essential Companion status, valid for 3 years.

If you are the Essential Companion we recommend that you

  • Familiarise yourself with the venue, location of services and facilities
  • Speak to our Front of House team to discuss evacuation procedures
  • Let the team know any specific needs

You can find out more about Access Cards here.

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