One of the aims of the Theatre Royal Plymouth Regeneration Project in 2013 was to greatly improve accessibility, this included:
- Accessible toilets on all four floors – including The Lab in the basement (radar key required)
- No external steps to the front entrance
- Steps replaced by a ramp and a lift on the ground floor
- All counters have a lower section for wheelchair users
For patrons who are unable to attend performances unless accompanied; upon purchase of a ticket, an additional seat is available free of charge for the companion (on MOST shows and Subject to Availability).
When available, programme notes for audio described performances will be available two days before the performance and are available to download on the relevant show page.
For more specific information relating to disability access at the Theatre Royal Plymouth, please see the Disabled Go website.
On Stage Touch Tour
On-Stage Touch Tours are available on request and are ideal for patrons who are wheelchair users or have a visual or sight impairment. Lasting approximately one hour, they offer patrons an opportunity to be on-stage in both the The Lyric and The Drum to enjoy a sensory experience of sound and lighting effects, together with a chance to handle both props and costumes. Please call our Box Office on 01752 267222 if you wish to come along to this tour.
Assisted Performances (Captioned, Signed or Audio Described):
Fri 16 Mar 2018 7.30pm
Sat 17 Mar 2018 2.30pm
Thu 29 Mar 2018 7.45pm
Sat 07 April 2018 2.30pm
Wed 25 April 2018 7.30pm
Thu 26 April 2018 2.30pm
Fri 04 May 2018 7.30pm
Sat 05 May 2018 2.30pm
Fri 25 May 2018 5pm
Wed 23 May 2018 7.30pm
Sat 02 June 2018 2.30pm
Fri 01 June 2018 7.30pm
Sat 02 June 1pm
Thu 07 Jun 2018 2.30pm
Fri 08 Jun 2018 7.30pm
Thu 14 Jun 2018 7.30pm
Fri 29 Jun 2018 7.30pm
Sat 30 Jun 2018 2.30pm
Thu 19 July 2018 2.30pm
Thu 26 July 2018 7.30pm
Wed 11 July 2018 7.30pm
Fri 24 Aug 2018 7.30pm
Sat 25 Aug 2018 2018 2.30pm
Sat 08 Sep 2018 2.30pm
Tue 11 Sep 2018 7.30pm
Sat 29 Sep 2018 2.30pm
Sat 29 Sep 1pm
Fri 05 Oct 2018 7.30pm
Sat 06 Oct 2018 2.30pm
Fri 26 Oct 2018 7.30pm
Sat 27 Oct 2018 2.30pm
Tue 20 Nov 2018 7pm
Wed 21 Nov 2018 7pm
Thu 22 Nov 2018 2.30pm
Frequently Asked Questions about assisted performances
How do I hear sound enhancement or Audio Descriptions?
Patrons can pick up a receiver approximately one hour before performances. Receivers come complete with headphones and will be tuned for either audio enhancement or audio description. Receivers with a neck loop attachment are available for patrons wearing hearing aids with a T setting. The system works using an infra-red signal. When booking your tickets, please let Box Office know if you plan to borrow a headset, as they can advise you on the best seats to receive a strong signal. Audio enhancement is available for all shows in The Lyric. Please see above for upcoming audio described performances.
What is Audio Description?
It is the art of translating visual images into verbal ones, carefully avoiding any interpretations.
How is it Audio Description done?
From a sound proof room at the back of the stalls. The describer watches the stage and simultaneously with the action, the description is relayed directly to anyone in the auditorium who is wearing a headset.
What is described?
Details that have a visual element – the action on stage – body language, facial expressions, all integrated as succinctly as possible so as not to impinge on dialogue or song. Ten minutes before curtain up the describer will relay programme notes. These include some background to the production, the cast list and a description of scenery and costumes.
What is caption?
Caption performances cater for a large number of people with a hearing loss for whom infra red systems and sign language interpretation are not completely satisfactory.
How is caption done?
A skilled operator inputs dialogue and sound effects, which is then transmitted to LED screens in the auditorium, positioned to the left and right of the stage.
What is signed?
A visual means of translating the spoken or sung word, using BSL (British Sign Language) and gestures for the deaf or hard of hearing.
What is a Sign Interpreted Performance?
A BSL interpreter will stand on the stage and give a sign interpretation of the text sung or spoken by the actors and singers on the stage. The signer will usually stand stage left.
The Theatre Royal Plymouth strives to make our facilities and performances as accessible to as wide an audience as possible. If you need communication support or more information, please contact the Theatre Manager on 01752 230318 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.Tweet