Vision-impaired audience gets feel of show

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Visually impaired woman Martine Abel feels the head-dress of Emily Collier as part of the touching tour ahead of Tuesday's night's production of Grease at Baycourt. Photo / Joel Ford
Visually impaired woman Martine Abel feels the head-dress of Emily Collier as part of the touching tour ahead of Tuesday's night's production of Grease at Baycourt. Photo / Joel Ford

Tauranga Musical Theatre's performance of Grease at Baycourt on Tuesday night was out of sight in more ways than one.

The performance marked the first time an audio-described production had been held in the region.

Blind and vision-impaired audience members wore discreet headsets that allowed them to tune into a live narrator, Nicole Owen, who explained visual elements of the show during gaps in dialogue. They were also escorted on a touching tour before the show began, in which visually impaired audience members were invited to navigate the sets and ask questions of the cast and crew.

Petrina Thomas-Chisholm, whose son, Levi, is legally blind, was excited about the initiative.

The show runs until September 21 with tickets available online or through TicketDirect.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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