Hearing Loop - Adelaide Festival Centre
Audience members who require hearing assistance are now able to enjoy the show with everyone else via the Beyerdynamic Hearing System. In the Festival Theatre, Dunstan Playhouse and Space Theatre patrons are able to borrow a small transmitter pack with the choice of either an inductive neck loop (for use with a hearing aid with a t-setting) or a set of headphones (for patrons without a hearing aid or a hearing aid without a T-Setting) to amplify the performance. (Patrons can also bring their own headphones if they desire.)
Transmitter packs are available on a first served basis. Patrons should arrive at least half an hour before the performance to collect their pack from the Information Desk in the Drama Centre or Concierge Desk in the Festival Theatre Foyer. Patrons will be required to leave a driver's licence or some form of photo ID as deposit until the pack is returned.
This technology upgrade was made possible due to generous donations by individuals and organisations to the Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation.
The Festival Theatre, Dunstan Playhouse and Her Majesty's Theatre have a hearing loop facility, this is limited to particular seats in the venues.
Please speak to a BASS operator when booking to ensure you select seats in the hearing loop allocated area.
The Audio Description Service provides valuable access to, and enjoyment of live theatre for those patrons who are blind or vision impaired.
This free service provides patrons with a 'description' of the action which is occurring on the stage, as it occurs. This is a live "audio description" to compliment the actors and the whole theatre production and experience. Patrons book a small receiver and earpiece to use during the performance. At appropriate gaps in the dialogue, trained Audio Describers discreetly provide a few key words to describe what is taking place on the stage, including scene changes.
Currently two sessions of each of the State Theatre Company of SA's performances held within the Adelaide Festival Centre offer Audio Description. The Audio Describers are trained and experienced Royal Society for the Blind Volunteers.
Being a joint initiative of the Royal Society for the Blind, the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust, and the State Theatre Company of SA, this valuable service has opened up the world of live theatre for many theatre patrons who would otherwise miss out, and would not attend the theatre with family and friends.
Patrons can book through BASS by requesting an "Audio Description Headset".