Access performances

Tall Stories is committed to making sure our productions are accessible and open to everyone and we aim to be an industry frontrunner in providing performances which accommodate a range of audience needs and abilities. Our Summer 2015 run of ‘The Gruffalo’ included the first ever relaxed performance for the 3+ age group in the West End.

 

BSL Signed and Captioned Performances

Open to all, and either signed by a British Sign Language interpreter or captioned with text for families and children with hearing impairments. The BSL interpreter is usually integrated into the show and so will move around the stage with the performers.

UPCOMING BSL SIGNED PERFORMANCES:

The Gruffalo, Wednesday 17th July at 11am, Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. Book here or call 0330 333 4815 or email access@nimaxtheatres.com.

The Snow Dragon, Thursday 5th December 2019 at 10.30am and 1.30pm, Lakeside Arts Centre Nottingham. Call 0115 846 7777 to book.

The Snail and the Whale, Wednesday 11th December 2019 at 11am, Apollo Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue. Book here or call 0330 333 4815 or email access@nimaxtheatres.com

The Gruffalo's Child, Saturday 21st December 2019 at 1.30pm, The Lowry, Salford. Book here or call  0343 208 6000

The Snow Dragon, Tuesday 17th  December 2019 at 10.30am and Sunday 22nd December at 2pm (performances will also be relaxed and audio described) Gulbenkian, Canterbury. Book here or call 01227 769075 or email gulbaccess@kent.ac.uk 

 

Audio Described/Captioned Performances and Touch Tours

Open to all, and will use audio description for families and children with visual impairments. Touch tours are specifically for families/children with visual impairments. As part of the audio described performance, audience members will have the opportunity to touch the set, props and costumes before the performance in order to firm up the details of the production and engage with the show.

UPCOMING AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES:

The Snow Dragon, Tuesday 17th  December 2019 at 10.30am and Sunday 22nd December at 2pm (performances will also be relaxed and BSL signed) Gulbenkian, Canterbury. Book here or call 01227 769075 or email gulbaccess@kent.ac.uk 

The Gruffalo's Child, Saturday 28th December 2019 at 1.30pm (pre-show touch tour at 12.30pm), The Lowry, Salford. Book here or call 0343 208 6000

 

Relaxed Performances

Relaxed performances are designed for families and children with additional needs. They are designed to provide an opportunity for people with autism, learning difficulties or other sensory and communication needs who require a more relaxed environment. There may be small changes to the show such as to the lighting and sound. We produce visual guides to help audience members know what to expect from the performances, which are available on request.

UPCOMING RELAXED PERFORMANCES:

The Gruffalo, Friday 12th July at 11am and Wednesday 7th August at 2pm, The Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. Book here or call 0330 333 4815 or email access@nimaxtheatres.com

The Gruffalo, Saturday 12th October at 4.30pm, Nottingham Theatre Royal. Book here or call 0115 989 5555

The Snail and the Whale, Wednesday 4th December at 11am and Sunday 15th December at 4pm, Apollo Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue. Book here or call 0330 333 4815 or email access@nimaxtheatres.com

The Gruffalo's Child, Thursday 19th December at 1.30pm, The Lowry, Salford. Book here or call 0343 208 6000

The Snow Dragon, Saturday 7th December at 1pm and 3.30pm, Lakeside Arts Centre Nottingham. Book here or call 0115 846 7777.

The Snow Dragon, Tuesday 17th  December at 10.30am and Sunday 22nd December at 2pm (performances will also be BSL signed and audio described) Gulbenkian, Canterbury. Book here or call 01227 769075 or email gulbaccess@kent.ac.uk 

 

Useful Access Resources 

Transport for London offer accessible options to assist in planning your journey- London only. 

Access in London is a source of comprehensive access information for London, last published in 2014- London only.

Parking for Blue Badges provides parking and bus travel information for Blue Badge holders- London only. 

Signed Culture is dedicated to ensuring the arts are as open and welcoming to d/Deaf audience members as can be. 

Stage Text provides captioning and live subtitle services to theatres and cultural organisations. 

Theatre Sign aim to make accessible the most popular West End shows to BSL users, often at a discounted price. 

Tourism for All are a voice for accessible tourism, providing advice on accommodation, things to do and food and drink locations.

Vocal Eyes make cultural experiences accessible to blind and partially sighted people. 

Audio Description is a national organisation that supports and promotes audio description.