Muckers the egg theatre Bath:
An audio described performance with a difference will be taking place at the egg theatre Bath, in March.
A performance of Muckers, at the city’s children’s theatre, will be hosting an audio described performance that will be carried out by children for children.
An audio described performance features a verbal commentary of what’s happening on stage for blind or partially sighted theatre patrons.
The children taking part will receive special training from Graeae Theatre, a company which has D/deaf and disabled actors ‘centre stage’.
Making theatre accessible is something that’s really important to the egg theatre staff. “I am delighted to be involved in this exciting project. We are consistently trying to make our venue and performances as accessible as possible; everyone deserves to enjoy the magic of theatre.” Jenny Crowell, Access and Marketing Officer says.
VocalEyes trained Audio describer Willie Elliot is working with the children for the audio described performance on Saturday 03 March at 3pm.
A touch tour will be taking place on the same day at 2pm, giving blind or partially sighted patrons the chance to walk around the set, feel the props and costumes and meet cast and crew members.
“The audio descriptions bring together two of the egg’s core values: inclusivity and doing things differently,” egg Director Kate Cross says.
“There is something about children describing the show that will give the experience a whole new layer. We are excited about this. Since a large part of the egg’s audience consists of grandparents, many of whom make use of the audio description service in the Theatre’s Main House, we are keen to find out what they will make of a child’s eye view of Muckers. As purveyors of children’s theatre ourselves, we too will learn a lot from listening to how the children describe the show. So the whole programme is a win, win, albeit experimental.”
Muckers, created by Birmingham based artist Caroline Horton, is a feminist play for boys and girls aged five years upwards with their families, which features a Spanish theme with physical performance, original songs and asks what it takes to ‘stand proud’, ‘be true to ourselves’ and inspire future children to do the same.
Muckers is at the egg theatre in Bath Thursday 28 February until Sunday 03 March 2019.
For more information or to book, visit: https://www.theatreroyal.org.uk/event/muckers/