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We are committed to making our events accessible to audiences with disabilities and those who require assisted services. Our programme includes audio-described performances, a touch tour, captioned performances, an Irish Sign Language Interpreted performances, and relaxed performances.

We also endeavour to make all of our festival venues as accessible as possible, you can read more about each venue here, or alternatively please contact our Box Office where one of our team will be happy to help you with any requirements or queries.

Phone +353 1 677 8899
Email info@dublintheatrefestival.com
Audio description 
Audio description is a live verbal commentary providing information on the visual elements of a production as it unfolds, from sets, props and costumes to actors’ facial expressions and movements. Audio description is delivered through a personal headset. please book your headset by phoning Box Office on +353 1 677 8899.

Touch tours
We offer touch tours for some audio described productions. It's a chance to visit the set, feel the props and enhance your enjoyment of the show. The tour is free and lasts about 30 minutes. Please let us know in advance if you will attend the tour by contacting our Box Office.

Programme notes
Descriptions of the set, characters and costumes are available for audiences who are visually impaired or blind. These will be read 20 minutes before audio described performances and will be available in advance if requested via 

Audio Described Performance and Touch Tour: The Misfits , Smock Alley Theatre, Main Space, 6 Oct 2.30pm 2018
A touch tour for The Misfits will take place approximately 1 hour before the performance starts, please contact our Box Office to book your place.

The M House , axis :Ballymun , 8 & 9 Oct, 8pm

Captioning is similar to television subtitling and converts the spoken word into text, which is displayed on a screen on or next to the stage. this is useful for people who are hard of hearing or who are deaf. When booking, please ask for seats suitable for captioning.

Captioned Performances: The M House , axis:Ballymun, 8 Oct, 8pm & 9 Oct 11.30am & 8pm
Irish Sign Language Interpreted Performances 
These performances are interpreted by an Irish Sign Language (ISL) interpreter. Please book through the venue box office and ask for seats suitable for viewing the interpreter.

ISL Interpreted Performance: Hamlet , Gate Theatre, 
13  Oct, 1.30pm 2018

Relaxed Performances
Relaxed performances are aimed at people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including people on the autism spectrum, people with sensory and communication impairments, and people with intellectual disabilities. The audience is welcome to move around and make noise during the show.

Relaxed performance: Grass, The Ark, 28 Sept, 2pm

The M House , axis :Ballymun , 8 Oct, 8pm , 9 Oct, 11.30am & 8pm

Audio described, ISL interpreted and relaxed performances are facilitated by Dublin Theatre Festival and Arts & Disability Ireland.

Accessible performances of DruidShakespeare: Richard III and Rathmines Road are available outside of festival dates. Visit abbeytheatre .ie for details.

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