By means of audio description, which helps blind and partially sighted audience members to follow visual events on stage, productions of Schauspiel Leipzig have been made more accessible to a larger part of Leipzig’s residents since December 2013. There is at least one performance featuring live audio description every month.
Both blind and sighted authors who have been especially trained for this task are expanding their repertory play by play. They make Schaupiel Leipzig into a theatre that is continually and uniquely expanding its contribution to social inclusion and has become a role model within the German-language region in this respect. So far, there have been over 80 performances featuring audio description, and visitors have used the service in more than 800 instances.
Before each performance featuring audio description, visitors receive a tactile tour of the stage, including the opportunity to sample the fabrics of the costumes, and a special introduction to the play. From 30 minutes before the performance, they can listen to an audio introduction with another description of the set, the costumes and the appearance of the performers via headphones. During the performance, professional narrators describe the visual events on stage.
The barrier-free entrances to Schauspiel Leipzig have been expanded to include a tactile guidance system with an attention strip leading into the building, handrails as well as relief panels for the ground floor and stalls.
Once more, Schauspiel Leipzig will present audio description especially for visually impaired children, young people and their families – this year with “Arabella oder Die Märchenbraut”.
The dates of performances featuring audio description will be announced at a later date.
WINNER OF THE 2018 PRIZE OF THE SAXON ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED
WINNER OF THE 2018 INCLUSION PRIZE MOSAIK FROM CENTRAL GERMANY
In order to support the mobility of its blind and visually impaired audience members, Schauspiel Leipzig initiated a sponsorship programme in cooperation with the foundation Bürger für Leipzig (Citizens for Leipzig) and Diakonisches Werk. When you book your tickets, simply mention that you would like to be joined by an inclusion sponsor. They will arrange a visit to the theatre with you, fetch you from your home, attend the performance with live audio description with you and take you back to your home afterwards. Or perhaps someone you know is looking for someone to accompany them – then please tell them about our offer.
Performance with Sign Language Interpreters
We will also continue our services for hearing impaired visitors. Following “Ein Sommernachtstraum” and “König Ubu/Ubus Prozess”, we are once again planning to have one performance of one production of the current repertoire interpreted in German Sign Language, including an introduction. The date will be announced at a later date.