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Access symbols

Look out for these symbols on each event page to indicate the accessibility of each event.

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Wheelchair access

The majority of venues in the 2016 program are wheelchair accessible.

  • Gertrude Contemporary: There is a small step at the entrance to the gallery. Please buzz the intercom to request a portable ramp from the friendly gallery staff.
  • West Space: Wheelchair accessible entry at street level is via the Russell Place entrance to the City Village building (door near the corner of Bourke Street x Russell Place). This entry is accessible until 6pm daily; for opening nights a staff member will be available for swipe access.

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Tactile tours

Tactile tours allow patrons who are blind or have low vision to have a hands-on experience of the work. Depending on the production or installation, patrons are given access to costumes, props, and other materials in order to capture the atmosphere of the work.

For performance works, the tour takes place directly before the scheduled performance time and is also an opportunity to meet the artist or performers. Patrons and companions must book in advance for all performance works.

Listen to audio information for events that have tactile tours:

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Audio description

Audio description enhances the live theatre or film experience for people who are blind or have low vision. Through the use of a small radio receiver and a free, easy-to-use headset, audience members can listen to a description of the visual aspects of the performance during appropriate breaks in the dialogue. For performance works, please let us know when booking if you would like to take advantage of audio description, and we will reserve a headset for you.

Listen to audio information for these events:

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Audio notes

Pre-show audio notes will be available for two works on their show pages in May. These notes will explain and describe the work before your visit.

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Relaxed performances

Relaxed performances are designed to create a safe and welcoming environment for patrons with learning disabilities and/or sensory and communication impairments. There is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement, some small changes are made to the lighting and sound effects, and audience members can enter and exit the venue throughout the show.

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Auslan interpreting

Auslan interpreting is available for a range of performances, talks and other events. For performance works, experienced Auslan theatre interpreters stand to the side of the speaker or performed action and translate the text and dialogue into Auslan, signing live.


Talks, walks, openings and other events

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Open captioning

Captioning is available at selected performances. Captions are on-screen text descriptions that communicate dialogue, identify speakers and describe other relevant sounds.

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Assistive listening

Hearing loops, or assistive listening systems, amplify or enhance sound quality and eliminate background noise for people who are hard of hearing. The devices use standard headphones or can connect with your hearing aid via a neck loop.

Northcote Town Hall


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100% visual content

The following events contain no music or dialogue.

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75% visual content

The following events are fully surtitled or have minimal dialogue, some background music and/or sounds.

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50% visual Content

The following events are partially surtitled or include dialogue, background music and/or sounds.