Helping the visually impaired enjoy the theatre

Surrey Arts Centre offers audio description to blind patrons.

Patrons who are blind or partially sighted can soon enjoy an enhanced theatre experience at the Surrey Arts Centre.

In partnership with Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture, the arts centre will offer VocalEye audio description for select performances in 2012.

VocalEye provides live vocal description of theatre and the performing arts. The patron uses a headset with a single earpiece and volume control that allows them to hear the show and the description simultaneously. VocalEye’s professionally trained team begins the broadcast 15 minutes before curtain with detailed descriptions of the set, characters and costumes. Once the show begins, the “describer,” speaking into a transmitter, relays the physical action and visual detail between the lines of dialogue.

To enhance their theatre experience further, VocalEye patrons can also reserve a spot on the Touch Tour. After the performance, VocalEye patrons will be escorted on stage to explore the space, and may handle selected props, costumes and furniture.

VocalEye patrons are eligible for a $25 ticket price, and can purchase tickets by phoning the Surrey Arts Centre Box Office at 604-501-5566. VocalEye equipment is limited to 20 users per show, so reserving ahead is recommended.

Detailed descriptions of the set, costumes and characters may also be available in advance on SoundCloud. Visit to learn more.

Vocal Eye will provide audio description for the following performances at the Surrey Arts Centre:

• Arts Club Theatre Company’s Don Quixote on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 4 p.m.

• Arts Club Theatre Company’s Circle Mirror Transformation on Saturday, March 3 at 4 p.m.

Surrey North Delta Leader

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey man found guilty in West Kelowna killing of common-law spouse

Tejwant Danjou was convicted of second-degree murder in the July 2018 death of Rama Gauravarapu in West Kelowna

New collective debuts with Crescent Beach show

Nela Hallwas and Lyn Verra-Lay team for ‘Flow’

Former students’ mural showcasing Delta elementary school’s new logo on hold, for now

Ashriya and Karam Purewal painted the spirit logo last spring; formal logo mural delayed due to COVID

Police ask for help to identify suspect in alleged Surrey break-and-enter

Surrey RCMP say two men ‘kicked down the front door’ of the home

Surrey monitoring traffic as vehicles again clog city streets

Compared with city’s 2019 weekly average, deepest volume reduction was in late March with up to 46 per cent less vehicles

578 British Columbians currently infected with COVID-19

Seventy-eight new cases confirmed in past 24 hours

Conservation seizes fawn illegally kept captive in Vancouver Island home

A Comox Valley resident charged and fined under the Wildlife Act

Pandemic could be driving more parents to get on board with flu shot: study

University of B.C. study gauges willingness for parents to vaccinate children for influenza

Watchdog clears Okanagan RCMP in death of man after arrest over alleged stolen pizzas

The man died in hospital after having difficulty breathing and broken ribs

35,000 doses of fentanyl part of huge Maple Ridge bust

Largest seizure in RCMP detachment’s history included submachine gun, body armour

Have you seen Berleen? B.C. pig destined for sanctuary goes missing

Berleen was less than two weeks from travelling to Manitoba when she vanished

Health Canada says several kids hospitalized after eating edible pot products

People warned not to store cannabis products where children can find them

‘It’s not just about me’: McKenna cites need to protect politicians from threats

Police investigation was launched after someone yelled obscenities at a member of McKenna’s staff

Michigan plans dedicated road lanes for autonomous vehicles

First study of its kind in the U.S. to figure out whether existing lanes or shoulders could be used

Most Read