Accessible Performances

Derby Theatre is offering the following Accessible performances for Autumn 2017 and beyond.

Mirror Mirror

BSL Integrated and Captioned - Saturday 10 February, 12pm and 3pm

The Dead Sea

Captioned using the Difference Engine - Saturday 24 February, 4pm

Up 'n' Under

All performances have iinegrated BSL intepretation and audio description.

Captioned - Friday 9 March, 8pm and Saturday 10 March, 2pm

Tour Tours will be held 1 hour before the start of Audio Desribed performances.


BSL Interpreted and Audio Described - Thursday 15 March, 7.30pm 

Audio Described - Saturday 24 March, 2.30pm

Hansel and Gretel

BSL Interpreted -Tuesday 11 December 2018, 2pm and Saturday 22 December 2018, 1pm

Audio Described - Thursday 13 December 2018, 2pm and Saturday 29 December 2018, 1pm

Relaxed Performances - Tuesday 18 December 2018, 2pm (for schools) and Thursday 3 January 2019, 2pm (for the public)

Audio Described Performances

Ideal for blind and partially sighted people, audio description is a form of audio-visual translation that uses the natural pauses in dialogue and critical sound elements to provide a live verbal commentary through a personal headset. All of Derby Theatre's in-house productions are audio described, as well as some touring productions. 

Touch Tours

A touch tour enables blind and partially sighted people to explore and familaries themselves with the stage, props and costumes before seeing a show. Touch Tours are free and take place 1 hour before an audio described performance starts. Please advise Box Office if you would like a touch tour when booking an audio described performance.

BSL Interpreted Performances

Provided for people for whom British Sign Language is their first language. Please let Box Office know where you would like to sit: directly in front of the interpreter or on the opposite side, looking across the stage/action. 

Captioned Performances

Provided for Deaf, hard of hearing or deafened people. Captioning converts spoken word into text and is presented on a screen at the side of the stage. Captioned performances are currently available for some productions in the studio. We are in the process of buying captioning equipment, which will enable us to caption Derby Theatre's in-house productions.

Captioning using the Difference Engine

Some performances provide captioning using the Difference Engine - a tool that can be downloaded onto your smart phone or tablet prior to the show. 

  • Please try to arrive 30 minutes before the show so that we have time to give clear instructions to each individual audience member
  • The captioning is streamed directly to your phone so we recommend that your mobile device is fully charged prior to the performance
  • There will be battery packs available for audience members whose phone is low on battery
  • This is not a replacement for BSL and we appreciate it will not be suitable for all d/Deaf audiences

Relaxed Performances

We offer relaxed performances that are aimed to appeal to audience members who are on the autistic spectrum or have sensory sensitivities, or those who would benefit from a more relaxed atmosphere as regards to making noise or moving around. 

Each relaxed performance will be adapted for the specific needs of the audience – house lights may remain on at a low level throughout, other lighting effects will be toned down and the volume of sound effects reduced. Audience members will also be free to leave the auditorium during the performance and a ‘chill out’ area will be available.

Support materials such as a visual story and a synopsis of the production are made available before each relaxed performance. All of these adaptations are intended to make the theatrical experience less stressful for our patrons with specific needs.