In 2015 – 2016 learners from BLENNZ Auckland North received invitations from Tim Bray Productions to attend audio-described performances at The Pumphouse in Takapuna.
For some of our learners the trip to see these shows is their first experience of live theatre. In figure 1 a young learner explores the wire shape that represents a whale.
Tim Bray Productions always seat the learners in the front row; they provide an opportunity for a touch tour beforehand and an opportunity to meet the actors afterwards.
Then as the show starts the learners don headsets to listen to a wonderfully evocative audio description of everything that is happening on stage.
The learners always have a great time and come out buzzing with questions and ideas, wanting to become involved more in the arts themselves and wondering what the next show will be. In figure 2 a young learner tries on a life-jacket, one of the props used in the show.