Tactile Tours

From left to right: Ron D'Arcy, James Griffiths, Grant van Brummelen, Niamh Hassett. Photo: Contributed

As local arts and performance groups bounce back to life, CoAbility and The Wedge Performing Arts Centre are putting accessible theatre at the top of the to do list.

Launching their collaboration at Maffra Dramatics Society Inc.’s production of Mamma Mia! last month, CoAbility and The Wedge are coming together to continue providing tactile tours for shows across the 2022 theatre season.

Tactile touring allows participants who may experience the world differently (such as those who have sensory disabilities or may be vision impaired) to fully immerse themselves in live performances before the curtain rises.

Those attending tactile tours are guided around the stage and invited to touch the set, costumes and props while also having elements of the plot explained in advance where required.

During the tactile tour for Mamma Mia!, participants were led through the set, shown certain sound and lighting changes/effects, and even met members of the cast, band and crew.

The tour was facilitated by CoAbility staff members and local performers/theatre makers, Ron D’Arcy and Grant van Brummelen.

“At CoAbility, we believe the arts are for everyone,” Mr D’Arcy said.

“We are extremely proud to be a part of making The Wedge’s 2022 season more accessible.”

Mr D’Arcy and Mr van Brummelen will run the next tactile tour before the 2pm performance of Sale Theatre Company’s Heathers the Musical on Saturday, April 30.

To attend this free tactile tour attendees should make sure they have purchased tickets for the April 30 matinee and call The Wedge box office to reserve their place on the tour.

The tactile tour will begin promptly at 12 noon.

For any and all questions please contact The Wedge box office on 5143 3200.

From Left to Right, James Griffiths, Ron D’Arcy, Niamh Hassett, Grant van Brummelen. Photo: contributed