Audio describers provide a valuable service for blind or partially sighted patrons. Anyone wishing to benefit from this service can check dates for audio described performances on this website, with the Box Office staff, or on the theatre website. It helps us if you request this service when booking.
We recommend you arrive at the Box Office around 20 minutes prior to your selected show beginning. An audio describer will be there to assist you. The A. B. Paterson Auditorium is equipped with a two channel infrared system, allowing visually impaired patrons to enjoy audio described performances via a discreet headset (this is also useful for hearing aid users or patrons with hearing difficulties, as it can amplify sound directly from the stage). Using a small receiver and earpiece, patrons can listen to an audio introduction that describes the performance’s set, props, characters, costumes and any special effects. The introduction begins around 10 minutes before the start of an audio described show. During the acts, describers use gaps in the dialogue to keep clients updated with the action on stage. This is never intrusive or subjective. As members of the Audio Description Association (Scotland), the describers are monitored and audited by the association to ensure high standards are maintained.