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Reviews - VocalEye Described Performances and Events

Since 2010, I have been attending theatre performances that have live audio description. Live audio description enhances the theatre experience for people with vision loss by describing the set, characters, costumes and action during a performance, without interrupting the performance. Patrons with vision loss wear earpieces so that the description is transmitted without disturbing others in the theatre.

Vocaleye Descriptive Arts has been providing live description for theatre goers with vision loss since 2009 and is the leader in this field in Canada. In recent years, Vocaleye has expanded their services to include live description at the Vancouver Pride Parade and at described tours of the Vancouver Art Gallery. In 2018, I was pleased to be elected to the Board of Directors of Vocaleye and currently sit as Vice Chair. I attended several described performances and events during the 2018-2019 Vocaleye season and have decided to write reviews for each event in the hopes that reading them will encourage more people with vision loss to come out to the theatre. It is also my hope that the sighted community will step up to support such a worthy and successful endeavour that integrates people with vision loss into the mainstream.

Kristy, receiver in hand, at her first Vocaleye performance in 2010


2019-2020 Season

October 15, 2019 - The Birds and the Bees (Arts Club Granville Island)

October 12, 2019 - Stanley Park Ghost Train

October 6, 2019 -A Thousand Splendid Suns  (Arts Club Stanley)

October 5, 2019 - Described Art Walk

September 15, 2019 - Perv Hunters (Vancouver Fringe Festival)

September 14, 2019 - The Robber Bridegroom (Vancouver Fringe Festival)

September 7, 2019 - ALBERTO GIACOMETTI: A LINE THROUGH TIME Described Tour

2018-2019 Season

August 11, 2019 - Shakespeare in Love, Bard on the Beach

August 4, 2019 - Vancouver Pride Parade

July 12, 2019 - Strings for Peace, Indian Summer Festival

June 1, 2019 - BC Access Awareness Day at the Vancouver Art Gallery

 May 3, 2019 - Bed and Breakfast, Arts Club Granville Island

April 6, 2019 - Described Tour of French Moderns, Vancouver Art Gallery

March 2, 2019 - Described Tour of Abstract Art, Vancouver Art Gallery

January 25, 2019 - Palmyra, the Arts Club, Granville Island

April 24, 2018 - Misery, the Arts Club Theatre, Granville Island



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