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Backstage tour at The Lowry

What are accessible performances?

The Lowry is committed to making all aspects of your visit enjoyable, welcoming and physically accessible. In 2016 we were awarded silver standard by Attitude Is Everything, which recognises our on-going pledge to provide the best possible experience for deaf and disabled visitors.

Accessible performances are events which are made accessible for those who need additional support such as audio description, captioning, signed or relaxed.

Audio Description

What is an Audio Described Performance?

Designed to improve the experience for people who are blind or visually impaired, as well as listening to the dialogue on stage, the theatregoer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage. The description only happens in between dialogue and supplements the voices of the performers in explaining the emotions and action of each scene.

There is usually a free touch tour approximately one hour prior to the performance. During a touch tour, a member of the visiting company will give you an introduction to the production and tell you about the visual elements of the production; you will also be able to explore the set and touch selected props and costumes.

Audio Described Performances are discounted and are delivered by Mind’s Eye or VocalEyes.

How do I use this service? 

Simply ask one of our Information Assistants for a headset when you arrive. Alternatively, you can download Sennheiser’s MobileConnect app and use your own headphones and mobile device.

What is an Audio Described Gallery Tour? 

Once a season we host an Audio Described Gallery Tour of our latest exhibition. During the tour you will be guided through the exhibition and described the artworks on display.

They are free of charge and are delivered by Mind’s Eye.

How do I use this service? 

Sign up to our access newsletter by emailing access@thelowry.com to find out about the next available tour. If you are coming to one of these tours please meet at the Galleries Desk at the top of the escalators on Level 2.

Captioned Performances

What is a Captioned Performance?

These allow theatregoers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off-stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

Captioning can also be helpful to those who use English as a second language and for most audiences when interpreting difficult dialects within shows.

How do I use this service?

When booking, our Box Office staff will advise you of the best place to sit so that you have a clear view of the caption units.

In the Galleries

There is a 20-minute introductory film to LS Lowry called Meet Mr Lowry which is subtitled.

BSL Interpreted/Delivered Events

BSL Interpreted/Delivered Events are designed to improve the experience for people who are Deaf or Hearing Impaired.

What is a BSL Interpreted Performance?

It interprets the production live on stage. The interpreter is always clearly visible without compromising the actors on stage. During these performances, the interpreter will stand in a spotlight and communicate with the audience by signing throughout the show.

How do I use this service?

When booking, our Box Office staff will advise you of the best places to sit so that you have a clear view of the interpreter. These performances are discounted.

What is  a BSL Delivered Gallery Tour?

Once a season we host a BSL delivered Gallery Tour of our latest exhibition. During the tour you will be guided through the exhibition and described the artworks. The tours are free of charge.

How do I use this service?

Sign up to our access newsletter by emailing access@thelowry.com to find out about the next available tour. If you are coming to one of these tours, please meet at the Galleries Desk at the top of the escalators on Level 2.

Relaxed Performances

Open to everyone, but particularly appropriate for anyone who may find the usual theatre environment challenging, be that due to an Autism Spectrum Condition, a learning disability, or a fear of the dark, loud noises or confined spaces. 

Relaxed performances provide a relaxed environment, with elements of the production adapted to reduce anxiety or stress. Lighting and sound levels are adjusted to soften their impact and there is a relaxed attitude to noise and leaving and re-entering the auditorium during the performance. 

Designated ‘chill-out’ areas are provided outside the auditorium with activities for people to use if being in the auditorium becomes overwhelming for them.

Breastfeeding & Baby Friendly Performances

Breastfeeding Policy

Breastfeeding is welcome at The Lowry and we have plenty of spaces available around the building.

Baby Friendly Performances

Open to everyone, but particularly appropriate for parents who still want to enjoy the usual theatre environment, but need to have their little ones in tow.

Baby Friendly Performances provide a relaxed attitude  to noise and leaving and re-entering the auditorium during the performance. Babies are welcome.

 

Dementia Friendly Performances

Open to all but slightly adapted to be more appropriate for people living with dementia, with trained staff on hand to help with your visit.

Online

As part of our Digital Strategy we are committed to ensuring that all our videos and trailers produced in house include captions or subtitles where possible. You can choose to switch these on and off depending on the platform or channel you are using such as YouTube or Facebook.

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Large Print & Brochure Guides

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