Audio Description and Touch Tours

Our Audio Descriptions are co-written and delivered by former Northern Ballet Premier Dancer Pippa Moore and VocalEyes, offering a unique insight into our productions and bringing our performances to life for visually impaired patrons. You will hear descriptions of the movement, action and drama on stage with music played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

'I didn’t know what to expect but the music and description gelled really well together. I was enthralled with it — it was as if everything else around you didn’t exist.'
Visually Impaired Patron

Audio Description ticket holders are encouraged to take part in our free Touch Tour Insight Workshops, which take place before our Audio Described performances. These workshops introduce elements of the production to aid your understanding of the show. You will hear descriptions of the scenery, feel the props and costumes and discover the shapes and quality of the movement from the ballet with the aid of Pippa and Company dancers.

'I used to go and see dance companies regularly before losing a lot of my eyesight. I did not think I would be able to go to any dance performances ever again… A friend encouraged me to go to an audio-visual performance and touch tour and your ballet was my first experience of this… it made such a positive difference and I will be returning to see further dance performances. Thank you Northern Ballet for such a good touch tour.'
Visually Impaired Patron

Our listings below let you know where and when Audio Described performances will be taking place and includes the information in audio format.

Please note that the timings for the Touch Tour Insight Workshops vary by venue. In addition to the Touch Tour Insight Workshop you can hear pre-show notes which describe the set, props and costumes via your headset or audio description device, beginning 15 minutes prior to the performance. 

Touch Tour Insight for the visually impaired
Sat 21 Mar, 12:00pm
Free for visually impaired patrons

This event for visually impaired patrons and their companions provides insight into the ballet, the movements, the costumes and more.

You'll be guided through the production with former Northern Ballet Premier Dancer, Pippa Moore, with help from VocalEyes and members of Northern Ballet.

Audio described performance
Sat 21 Mar, 2:30pm
Touch Tour Insight for the visually impaired
Sat 28 Mar, 11:30am
Free for visually impaired patrons

This event for visually impaired patrons and their companions provides insight into the ballet, the movements, the costumes and more.

You'll be guided through the production with former Northern Ballet Premier Dancer, Pippa Moore, with help from VocalEyes and members of Northern Ballet.

Audio described performance
Sat 28 Mar, 2:00pm

London Sadler's Wells

Box Office 020 7863 8000

Minicom 020 7863 8015

London Sadler's Wells's website

Touch Tour Insight for the visually impaired
Sat 25 Apr, 11:30am
Free for visually impaired patrons

This event for visually impaired patrons and their companions provides insight into the ballet, the movements, the costumes and more.

You'll be guided through the production with former Northern Ballet Premier Dancer, Pippa Moore, with help from VocalEyes and members of Northern Ballet.

 

Audio described performance
Sat 25 Apr, 2:30pm

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Box Office 0131 529 6000

Typetalk 18001 0131 529 6003

Edinburgh Festival Theatre's website

Touch Tour Insight for the visually impaired
Sat 9 May, 12:00pm
Free for visually impaired patrons

This event for visually impaired patrons and their companions provides insight into the ballet, the movements, the costumes and more.

You'll be guided through the production with former Northern Ballet Premier Dancer, Pippa Moore, with help from VocalEyes and members of Northern Ballet.

Audio described performance
Sat 9 May, 2:30pm

Touch Tour Insight for the visually impaired
Sat 16 May, 11:30am
Free for visually impaired patrons

This event for visually impaired patrons and their companions provides insight into the ballet, the movements, the costumes and more.

You'll be guided through the production with former Northern Ballet Premier Dancer, Pippa Moore, with help from VocalEyes and members of Northern Ballet.

Touch Tour Insight for the visually impaired
Sat 16 May, 12:30pm
Free for visually impaired patrons

Due to demand we are having two Touch Tour sessions at Cardiff.

This event for visually impaired patrons and their companions provides insight into the ballet, the movements, the costumes and more.

You'll be guided through the production with former Northern Ballet Premier Dancer, Pippa Moore, with help from VocalEyes and members of Northern Ballet.

Audio described performance
Sat 16 May, 2:30pm

Tour Dates

Geisha
Leeds Grand Theatre
World Première
0844 848 2700*
Calls are charged at 7p a minute plus your phone company’s access charge, calls from mobiles may vary.
Times & prices
M T W T F S S
9
10
11
12
13
14
7.30
15
16
17
7.30
18
7.30
19
2.30
7.30
20
7.30
21
2.30
7.30
22

Tickets £20.00 – £55.00

Geisha
Sheffield Lyceum Theatre
0114 249 6000
Times & prices
M T W T F S S
23
24
7.15
25
7.15
26
2.00
7.15
27
7.15
28
2.00
7.15
29

Tickets £10.00 – £45.00

Geisha
London Sadler's Wells
London Première
020 7863 8000
Times & prices
M T W T F S S
20
21
7.30
22
7.30
23
2.30
7.30
24
7.30
25
2.30
7.30
26

Tickets £15.00 – £65.00

Geisha
Edinburgh Festival Theatre
0131 529 6000
Times & prices
M T W T F S S
4
5
6
7.30
7
2.30
7.30
8
7.30
9
2.30
7.30
10

Tickets £13.00 – £42.00

Geisha
Cardiff New Theatre
029 2087 8889
Times & prices
M T W T F S S
11
12
7.30
13
7.30
14
2.30
7.30
15
7.30
16
2.30
7.30
17

Tickets £19.00 – £36.00

Dates, times and productions are subject to change without notice.