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Accessibility

Orchard Auditorium

INFORMATION UPCOMING ACCESS PERFORMANCES

The Orchard Theatre

There is an access ramp via the right of the entrance, that brings you onto the same level as the stalls, lower bar and disabled toilet, which is operated by a radar key. All of our stairs have handrails except those in the auditorium. Please note the Orchard Theatre does not have any lifts. Wheelchair users are accommodated in six spaces, three each side of the front stalls. Additional seating is provided next to these spaces for a personal assistant.

The theatre has a limited disabled parking bays, which can be booked on a first come first serve basis for blue badge holders through our Ticket Office.

In addition to the on-site bays, there are five public disabled parking spaces in Suffolk Road to the right of the clock-tower and further spaces are available in the town centre and on the lower level of the Orchards Shopping Centre Car Park.


Signed performances

An interpreter will stand in a visible position and interpret the spoken and heard elements of a performance. A seat space can be made available for the use of guide/assistance dogs.

The theatre has installed two hearing aid systems, infra-red audio enhancement system, and an induction loop system. 


Relaxed Performances

Relaxed performances are adapted in a number of ways to reduce anxiety and create a supportive atmosphere, including adjusting light and sound levels, and demonstrating an embracing attitude towards audience noise and movement in the auditorium. Relaxed performances could provide an opportunity for people with autism spectrum conditions, learning disabilities or other sensory and communication needs to access theatre in a relaxed environment.

Relaxed Atmosphere

A relaxed atmosphere performance is a performance where the upper circle will be treated as a relaxed area which will include being able to use tablets or phones and also being able to go in and out of the venue as much as needed. 
 


Audio Described Performances

Audio description is a verbal commentary that tells theatre-goers what is happening on the stage during the parts of the performance where there is no dialogue (i.e. during fight scenes). The description does not interfere with the performance but fills in the gaps, describing facial expressions, costume, scenery and action sequences so that anyone can follow the plot fully and independently. Furthermore on the day a touch tour takes place prior to the show and gives those people who will be listening to the audio description a chance to explore the set, costumes and sometimes, meet some of the actors.

Provided by VocalEyes.


Captioned Performance

Captioning converts the spoken word into text that provides people with hearing loss access to live performance. In captioning, the words appear on a screen at the same time as they are sung or spoken. Captions also include sound effects and offstage noises.

Provided by www.stagetext.org

Visual Story

Our Visual Story has helped numerous children and adults who experience Autistic spectrum disorders. It breaks down the experience of visiting the theatre into small steps using words and pictures.

Download a copy of The Orchard Social Story

At the time of booking, if you have any access requirements or questions please contact our Ticket Office on 01322 220000. 

Download The Orchard Theatre's Disability Access Policy

Upcoming Access Performances

Tom Gates

  • Relaxed Performance - Thu 23 May, 7pm

The Mousetrap

  • Signed Performances - Sat 21 September, 2:30pm

Rocky Horror Show 

  • Audio Described Performance - Wed 25 September, 7:30pm. The touch tour will take place between 17:45pm - 18:15pm.

Peter Pan

  • Signed Performance - Sat 28th December 5pm
  • Relaxed Performance - Thu 2nd January 2pm
  • Audio Described Performance - Fri 3rd January 2pm

The Bodyguard 

  • Signed Performance - Thu 9 January, 7:30pm


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Groups' Club

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The Restaurant

Make your theatre experience extra special with a pre-show meal in The Restaurant at The Orchard Theatre.

Premiere Card

Enjoy exclusive benefits to make your next visit even more special! 



Gift Vouchers

Why not give the gift of a fantastic night out?


Groups' Club

Join The Orchard Theatre Groups' Club today and enjoy exclusive benefits to make your theatre visit even more special.

The Restaurant

Make your theatre experience extra special with a pre-show meal in The Restaurant at The Orchard Theatre.

Premiere Card

Enjoy exclusive benefits to make your next visit even more special!