Appeal for Audio Describers at theatre

Aberdeen Performing Arts and Audio Describers Association (ADA) Aberdeen are looking for people willing to share their love of the theatre to help those with sight problems enjoy performances at His Majesty’s Theatre.

Volunteers at the city theatre provide a free service to people with sight loss by giving an audio description of a wide selection of Saturday matinee performances.

The audio – which details visual images and plot developments as well as explaining silences or unexpected noises - is delivered via a headset linked to a volunteer commentator in a sound-proof booth who simultaneously views the production and describes the finer details of the performance in between the acting dialogue.

But the band of volunteers has been seriously depleted, and APA and ADA urgently need more volunteers to help out.

“We have been working with the dedicated team at ADA Aberdeen for a number of years to ensure the quality provision of audio described performances at HMT,” said APA creative learning manager Johanna Duncan. “Audio description is key to making theatre accessible to customers with sight loss and our enthusiastic team of describers is instrumental in making this happen.

As well as a love of performing arts, a volunteer describer needs to be able to watch, listen, summarise and communicate clearly what is seen on stage.

It is open to anyone over 18, and free training will be provided. Anyone interested in finding out more should contact Johanna Duncan on 01224 337664 or email Johanna.duncan@aberdeenperformingarts.com.