Accessible Performances

Derby Theatre is offering the following Accessible performances in 2018.

Kubla Khan

A multi-sensory performance for young people aged 3 to 19 that comes in three different versions:

Performance for those with PMLD: Sunday 17 June,1:30pm.

Performances for those on the autism spectrum: Saturday 16 June, 1:30pm & Sunday 17 June,10:30am.

Performance for those who are deafblind (with or without any cognitive impairment): Saturday 16 June,10:30am.

Intimate and interactive, each of these performances is limited to six young people and their carers at a time.


BSL Interpreted and Captioned using the Difference Engine:
Thursday 2 August, 1:30pm

Relaxed Performance
Friday 3 August, 1:30pm

Dementia Friendly Performance
Saturday 4 August, 1:30pm

Burning Books

Captioned using the Difference Engine:
Friday 21 September, 8pm & Saturday 22 September, 6pm

Abigail's Party

BSL Interpreted: Friday 5 October, 7pm

Audio Description via a headset is available at every performance


BSL Interpreted: Friday 5 October, 9:30pm

Audio Described: Friday 12 October, 9:30pm & Wednesday 17 October, 4pm

4.48 Psychosis

Integrated BSL and Creative Captioning: Friday 19 October, 8pm & Saturday 20 October, 2pm

Please be aware that we hold Touch Tours one hour before the start of each Audio Described performance. Find out more below. 


Captioned: Thursday 25 October, 7:30pm

Audio Described: Saturday 27 October, 2:30pm

Knock Knock

D/deaf and Hearing Accessible: Friday 26 October, 7pm

A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad)

Captioned using the Difference Engine: Saturday 3 November, 8pm

Pop Music

Captioned: Saturday 10 November, 8pm


Relaxed Performance: Saturday 17 November, pm

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)

Dementia Friendly Performance: Friday 28 December 2018, 2pm

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

BSL Interpreted: Wednesday 12 December, 1:30pm & Saturday 15 December, 1:30pm

Relaxed Performances: Wednesday 19 December, 1:30pm & Wednesday 2 January, 1:30pm

Dementia Friendly Performance: Saturday 29 December, 1:30pm

The Jungle Book

All performances will be Captioned and feature integrated BSL.

Departure Lounge Festival 2018

Produced by In Good Company, Departure Lounge is the arts festival for groundbreaking work in the heart of the country. Every corner of Derby Theatre and beyond will be brought to life by extraordinary performances, workshops and discussion. Departure Lounge welcomes all customers and we are working hard to make as much of the festival as we can accessible to all - including the following events with captioning or BSL options.

A Self Help Guide To Being In Love With Jeremy Corbyn
Captioned using the Difference Engine: Thursday 19 July, 7pm

Vulva La Revolution
Captioned using the Difference Engine: Thursday 19 July, 8:30pm

Leadership in the Arts Panel Discussion
BSL Interpreted: Friday 20 July, 11am

I Dare You - Rehearsed Reading
BSL Interpreted & Captioned using the Difference Engine: Friday 20 July, 1:45pm

REPRESENT: A Women of Colour Showcase
BSL Interpreted & Captioned using the Difference Engine: Friday 20 July, 3:30pm

Open Wound
BSL Interpreted & Captioned using the Difference Engine: Friday 20 July, 7:30pm

When Our Molecules Meet Again*
Captioned using the Difference Engine: Saturday 21 July, 2pm

Captioned using the Difference Engine: Saturday 21 July, 3:30pm

The Eulogy of Toby Peach
Captioned using the Difference Engine: Saturday 21 July, 7:30pm

We Are Ian
Captioned using the Difference Engine: Saturday 21 July, 9pm

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.

Dementia Friendly Performances

Performances that are carefully tailored so people living with dementia and their families and carers can enjoy the magic of a festive theatre trip in a supportive environment.

We are already pretty laid back at Derby Theatre, but there will be a more relaxed attitude to leaving and re-entering the theatre and making noise, the house lights will be kept slightly on and there will be a quiet space available for use at any time before, during and after the show. There will also be plenty of our friendly staff available to offer assistance on the day too, including staff who are Dementia Friends.

If you do have any questions regarding access, parking or familiarisation tickets please do email us at