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Touch Tours

For many blind or partially sighted theatre-goers, a touch tour is an essential part of the theatre experience. Having access to the stage and set before a performance is a way of firming up the descriptive information they may have already received and provides them with extra detail to allow them to engage with the production. Patrons will explore the space, and may like to handle selected props, costumes and furniture. Touch tours usually last approximately 30 minutes. They need the involvement of the audio describers, front of house staff, technical staff, stage management and the company in order to work smoothly. [Source: *VOCAL*EYES]

Please find below details of the dates and times of captioned performances taking place in our theatre this season:

Upcoming Touch Tours:
Dishoom – Thu 18 Oct 2018 6pm
Othello – Sat 10 Nov 2018 12.30pm


Frequently Asked Questions


Who will facilitate the touch tour?
An Audio Describer will facilitate the touch tour, with support from Warwick Arts Centre’s Front of House Staff.

What happens on the tour?
Touch tours are highly popular and are often cited as a contributory factor to a booking being made. For many visually impaired people they are an invaluable part of the theatre experience – a way of firming up the descriptive information already received – getting to know the size of the space; the relationship between different areas or pieces of furniture on stage; colours, patterns and textures.

Who can take a touch tour?
Touch tours are open to blind and partially sighted theatregoers attending the show plus their companions. Up to 25 people can take a tour.

How much does it costs?
It is free to customers who have purchased a ticket to for the performance.

How do I book
Please contact our Box Office in person, by calling 024 7652 4524 or emailing ticketing@warwick.ac.uk. They will ask you a number of questions to establish your needs as to ensure a positive experience.

General Touch Tour Guidelines can be found here