As part of the legacy of the joint VocalEyes and STAGETEXT project ‘See a Voice’ has been to setup a free online marketing and audience development resource. The online resource is there to help advise venue staff on how to market their assisted performances and how to develop the audience to build closer relationships with their blind and partially sighted audience and their deaf, deafened, hard of hearing audience. Click onto 'LOOKING FOR HELP WITH MARKETING YOUR ASSISTED PERFORMANCES AND DEVELOPING THE AUDIENCE?' to find out more.
A blind or partially sighted patron’s experience of your organisation starts long before they come to view the show. With a bit of help and advice on customer care you will be able to make their visit to your venue much more enjoyable. Click on to ‘E-LEARNING RESOURCE TO HELP YOU WELCOME BLIND AND PARTIALLY SIGHTED PEOPLE TO YOUR VENUE’ to go to the See-a-Voice online legacy resource.
Do you work in the Arts? Have you ever wondered if you are giving your blind and partially sighted audience as good a time as you possibly can?
We might be able to help, with a bespoke service for this purpose. Click on to ‘SERVICE REVIEW’ to find out more.
Live description of a theatre production (drama, comedy, musical, opera, circus, ballet or contemporary dance) containing three essential elements; describing the key visual elements of the performance; pre-show audio introductory notes on CD or as an MP3 download from our website; a touch tour of the set and stage. Enabling blind and partially sighted people to share the experience with their friends and family.
Live or recorded description at museums, galleries and heritage sites, describing exhibits, key objects and the venue. The information may be provided live by VocalEyes-trained venue staff, recorded on a handheld device or downloadable from the venue’s website. Enabling blind and partially sighted people to visit the venue and explore its exhibits through audio description with their friends and family.
Guided audio described architecture tours of buildings either as a one-off tour or for architecture events and festivals such as Open House Weekend and the London Festival of Architecture. Tours are led by one of our VocalEyes describers accompanied by either a representative from the architectural practice that designed and built the building, an architectural historian or a representative from the building . Audio pre-tour introductory notes are also available on CD or as an mp3 download from our website.
We offer audio description training for the performing and visual arts. For the performing arts we offer both audio description training and continuing professional development for describers who are working independently around the country. For the visual arts we offer audio description training to curators, staff, warders and volunteers at museums, galleries and heritage sites, to enable them to accompany a blind or partially sighted person around their venue and offer a bespoke audio description service or to arrange events designed for blind or partially sighted visitors. In addition we offer front-of house training and visual awareness and guiding training to venue staff.
Audio Describer/Venue Resources
We also have a number of documents giving helpful advice and tips on many aspects of the audio description service, including; writing audio-introductions, running successful sound checks and organising touch tours. These information sheets will be augmented regularly.