Audio-Described Performances

Audio description is a live commentary received inconspicuously via a small individual headset. Interleaved between the dialogue, singing or music it provides a succinct description of the key visual elements of the performance.

With the continuing closure of theatres due to the outbreak of Covid 19, Sightlines is still unable to supply live audio descriptions. Last year we worked with Screenshare and East London Dance to provide full audio descriptions to three productions that were streamed in the autumn 2020 via UTube as part of the MESA Festival.

We have provided the audio description for the Birmingham Royal Ballet's production of The Nutcracker which is being streamed as part of their SOUND ON Initiative with tickets available until 21 February 2021. A booking link is shown below.

SOUND ON. An audio-described version of our magical Nutcracker is now on sale! Tickets are only £5 and, like the non-audio-described version, you can watch now and tickets will be available until the end of Sunday 21 February. Book here:

Cendrillon (Royal Opera) – available until 21 February 2021

For those who missed the Royal Opera’s 2011 production of Massenet’s Cendrillon (Cinderella) when it was streamed last summer, it returns on YouTube from 22 January - 21 February 2021.

American mezzo-soprano, Joyce Di Donato, stars as the fairy tale heroine in Laurent Pelly’s engaging production, set literally inside the pages of a storybook. Audio description is by Sightlines describers Roz Chalmers and Willie Elliott.

For full information about the show and how to book your video viewing (total cost £3.00), visit the Royal Opera House website at: