Accessible Performances

Derby Theatre is offering the following Accessible performances in 2019.

The Jungle Book

All performances will have fully integrated BSL Interpretation and Captioning.

Audio Described Performances: Pre-recorded description on all performances from Wednesday 10 April

Live Audio Described performance, with Touch Tours before the show: Thursday 18 April, 1:30pm


Captioned by The Difference Engine: Friday 24 May, 8:00pm

A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad)

Captioned by The Difference Engine: Saturday 25 May, 8:00pm

Puss In Boots

Relaxed Performance: Tuesday 28 May, 2:00pm


BSL Interpreted: Friday 31 May, 7:00pm

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

BSL Interpreted: Wednesday 19 June, 7:30pm

Audio Described: Saturday 22 June, 2:00pm 

Horrible Histories: Dreadful Deaf

All performances will be BSL Integrated: Friday 21 June, 2:00pm & 7:00pm, Saturday 22 June, 1:00pm & 4:00pm and Sunday 23 June, 11:00am & 2:00pm

Desert Island Flicks

BSL Interpreted: Friday 5 July, 7:00pm

Departure Lounge Festival: Opal Fruits

Captioned by Difference Engine: Thursday 18 July, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Departure Lounge Festival: Tokyo Rose

Captioned by Difference Engine: Thursday 18 July, 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Departure Lounge Festival: The Arts: A Shifting Landscape Panel Discussion

Captioned by Difference Engine and BSL Interpreted: Friday 19 July, 11:00am - 12:30pm

Departure Lounge Festival: All of Me

Captioned by Difference Engine: Friday 19 July, 7:30pm - 8:30pm



Departure Lounge Festival: Masterclass on Producing Internationally

BSL Interpreted: Saturday 20 July, 11:00am - 12:30pm

Departure Lounge Festival: Extraordinary Wall o̶f̶ ̶S̶i̶l̶e̶n̶c̶e

Captioned and BSL Interpreted: Saturday 20 July, 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Departure Lounge Festival: Ducks Don't Have Teeth. Do They?

Captioned by Difference Engine and BSL Interpreted: Saturday 20 July, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Departure Lounge Festival: Yours Sincerely

Captioned by Difference Engine and BSL Interpreted: Saturday 20 July, 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Departure Lounge Festival: Unfortunate

Captioned by Difference Engine and BSL Interpreted: Saturday 20 July, 9:30pm - 10:40pm


Relaxed Performance: Wednesday 7 August, 1:30pm

One Man, Two Guvnors

BSL Interpreted: Thursday 12 September, 7:30pm & Saturday 14 September, 2:30pm

Audio Desribed: Wednesday 18 September, 2:30pm & Saturday 28 September, 2:30pm

Relaxed Performance: Thursday 19 September, 2:30pm

Dementia Friendly Performance: Wednesday 25 September, 2:30pm

The Lady Vanishes

BSL Interpreted: Thursday 10 October, 7:30pm

Audio Described: Saturday 12 October, 2:30pm

Blood Brothers

BSL Interpreted: Thursday 17 October, 7:30pm

Audio Described: Saturday 19 Octtober, 2:30pm

A Christmas Carol

BSL Interpreted: Tuesday 10 December, 10:15am, Friday 13 December, 7:15pm & Saturday 21 December, 2:30pm

Audio Described performances, with Touch Tours before the show: Wednesday 18 December, 2:30pm & Saturday 28 December, 2:30pm

Relaxed Performances: Thursday 19 December, 10:15pm & Thursday 2 January, 2:30pm

Dementia Friendly Performance: Friday 3 January, 2:30pm


Please be aware that we hold Touch Tours one hour before the start of each Audio Described performance. Find out more below. 

Audio Described Performances

Audio description is a form of audio-visual translation that use the natural pauses in dialogue and critivcal sound elements to provide a live verbal commentary through a personal headset. All of Derby Theatre's in-house productions are audio described, as well as some touring productions. 

Touch Tours

Touch Tours enable you to explore and familaries yourself with the stage, props and costumes prior to attending a performance. Touch Tours are free and take place 1 hour before an Audio Described performance starts. Please advise Box Office if you would like a Touch Tour when booking an Audio Described performance.

BSL Interpreted Performances

We provide British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted performances for all of our in-house productions, as well as some touring productions. Our performances are usually interpreted by TheatreSign. Please let Box Office know if you have a preferred seat or would like advice on the most suitable seats for a BSL Interpreted show.

Captioned Performances

Captioning converts spoken word into text and is presented on a screen at the side of the stage. Captioned performances are currently available for some touring productions in the Main House and the Studio.

Captioning using the Difference Engine

Some performances are captioned using The Difference Engine - a tool that can be downloaded onto your smart phone or tablet prior to the show.

Please try to arrive 30 minutes before the show so that we have time to give clear instructions to each individual audience member who requires this service. The captioning is streamed directly to your phone so we recommend that your mobile device is fully charged prior to the performances. This is not a replacement for BSL and we appreciate it will not be suitable for all who are Deaf and hard of hearing. 

Relaxed Performances

Everyone is welcome at Derby Theatre, and we want all audience members to feel as comfortable as possible during their visit. As part of this, we offer Relaxed Performances that are ideal for audience members who are on the autistic spectrum or have sensory sensitivities, or those who would benefit from a more relaxed environment. 

Each Relaxed Performance will be adapted for the specific needs of the audience – house lights may remain on at a low level throughout, other lighting effects may be toned down and the volume of sound effects reduced. Audience members are also free to leave the auditorium during the performance and use our chill out space.

Support materials for you to familiarise yourself with the theatre and show prior to your visit, such as a visual story and a synopsis of the production, are made available online before each Relaxed Performance, and will be attached to a pre-show email. All of these adaptations are intended to make the theatrical experience comfortable for all. 

Dementia Friendly Performances

We offer Dementia-Friendy performances so that people living with Dementia, and their families and carers, can enjoy a visit to the theatre in a supportive and relaxed environment.

There will be a more relaxed attitude to leaving and re-entering the theatre and making noise, the house lights will be kept on a low level. There will also be a quiet space available for use at any time before, during and after the show. Our friendly staff will be happy to offer assistance too, including staff who are Dementia Friends.

We run regular Dementia-Friendly Information sessions in the theatre for those with Dementia, their carers, friends and family and anyone who would like to become more Dementia-Friendly. For Derby Theatre productions, we aim to provide a Dementia-Friendly social before our Dementia-Friendly performances. Please see our website or ask staff members for information on upcoming Dementia-Friendly events.


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