Booking Info for Accessible Shows

The shows below have performances that are either New Zealand Sign Language Interpreted or Audio Described. To find out more about the shows, just click on the show name.

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 RAW: SHORTLAND STREET - THE MUSICAL                          

SIGN P3New Zealand Sign Language Interpreted Show
Tuesday 14 March 2017
Pre-Show Briefing:
Herald Theatre 5.45pm - 6.15pm                      Show Time: 6.30pm
Tickets: Koha
at venue
Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive
Book Now:  
 09 970 9705

Enter the code SIGNED on booking
Tickets are free to book and required for entry. Limited seats so book early to avoid disappointment 

(Presented in Association with Auckland Live. With support from Creative New Zealand)

NZ Sign Language Interpreters: Kelly Hodgins and Dale Thomas

Click HERE for NZSLI Interpreted Shortland Street -The Musical infomercial

POWER PLANT                          

Written Notes on the sound elements of the installation can be downloaded HERE. Or alternatively email Patrons can attend any performance.
Dates: Wednesday 8 March – Sunday 12 March 2017 & Tues 14 March – Sunday 19 March 2017  - Notes available from the 10 March
Show Times: 8.15pm – 10pm
Tickets: Conc / Group $32, Child $15 (under 14), Child under 4 Free  
(Booking fees apply)                
Venue: Auckland Domain, Domain Drive, follow the signs to Power Plant.   
Book Now:   09 970 9705 Enter the code POWER on booking

(With support from Foundation North & Pub Charity)                                              

Click HERE for NZSLI Interpreted Power Plant infomercial 


Many people with minor hearing impairments will find the headphone system adequate. We have over-sized headphones for external heading aids and personal induction loops and sockets for patrons with direct inputs. A mono version of the show is also available and independent volume controls for people with reduced hearing in one ear. Patrons should make themselves known to ushers before the start of the show. Patrons can attend any performance.  

Dates: Wednesday 15 March –  Sunday 19 March 2017
Tickets: A Res $89, B Res $75 
(Booking fees apply)    

Venue: ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre 

Book Now:    09 970 9705                                      
(Sponsored by Metro Magazine. With support from Andrew and Jenny Smith, Peter Tatham and Adrian Burr)

This immersive stage spectacular and tour de force continues Ahlbom’s recent legacy of highly visual stage works without dialogue. Spin-chilling and creepily fantastical, 
Horror sees Ahlbom unleashing his imagination using special effects that have rarely been seen in theatre. It is sinister, comical, messy, absurd…and brilliant.

Date: Tuesday 21 March - Sunday 26 March 2017
Tickets: A Res $63/B Res $53
Booking fees apply
Venue: The Civic

Book Now:   09 970 9705

Enter the code SCREAM on booking

Click HERE for NZSLI Interpreted Horror infomercial 



If you would like a companion to accompany you to any arts Festival performance, the Blind Foundation has volunteers who are trained in guiding someone who is blind or vision impaired. Call Karen at the Blind Foundation on 09-3556916

THE BIGGEST                                      

TVDESC P4Audio Described Performance   
Monday 13 March 2017
Touch Tour: 5.30pm
Show Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: $39 plus $19.50 for companions
(Booking Fees apply)
Venue: Rangatira, Q Theatre                   

Book Now:  Q Theatre   09 309 9771
Select ticket type 'Accessibility' or 'Companion'

(With support from Creative NZ, Foundation North, Auckland Council & Todd Corporation)    


LOST AT SEA (chidren's show 8 years plus)

TVDESC P4Audio Described Performance
 Friday 17 March 2017
Touch Tour: 5pm
Show Time: 6.30pm
Tickets: Adults $22, Child $15, Companions $11
(Booking fees apply)
Venue: Loft, Q Theatre

Book Now: Q Theatre       09 309 9771
Select ticket type 'Accessibility' or 'Companion'

(Sponsored by The University of Auckland, With support from Creative Scotland)


Blind and low vision patrons can enjoy the show through individual headsets. Written introductory notes are provided prior to the show in accessible formats. Patrons can attend any performance.  

Dates: Wednesday 15 March - Sunday 19 March
Tickets: Adult A Res $82, Companions $41        
             Adult B Res $69, Companions $34.50
 (Booking fees apply)
Venue: ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre          
Touch Tour : Sunday 19 March 2017 at 1pm  

Limited capacity; book early to avoid disappointment
Book Now:   or call 09 970 9705

 Download Introductory Notes for The Encounter HERE



If you have special seating requirements such as wheelchair access, hearing difficulties or if you are blind or vision impaired, please phone Q Theatre on 09 309 9771 or Ticketmaster on 09 970 9705. Alternatively you may book online at and add notes to your booking that you require accessibility seating. Please remember if you are booking for an audio described performance and are interested in attending the touch tour, please advise the box office representative when booking. There is no extra cost for the touch tour. 

If you have any questions about accessibility or problems making a booking, please contact the Festival's ticketing team.


Find accessible parking and public transport options in Auckland on our Festival map here.


There are hearing loops available at the following theatres:

ASB Theatre, The Civic, Auckland Town Hall (The Great Hall and The Concert Chamber). Herald Theatre, Q Theatre, ASB Waterfront Theatre

We suggest patrons wishing to use the hearing loop contact Ticketmaster on 09 970 9700 for advice on the best seats with coverage. To use the hearing loop, switch your hearing aids to ‘tele.’


These shows are aimed at people who are deaf or hearing impaired. Trained interpreters, usually situated to the side of the stage, interpret the script during the performance using New Zealand Sign Language.


Written introductory notes that give a description of the sound aspect of the show will be made available online.



Audio Description captures the visual elements of a theatre piece that a blind or vision impaired person might otherwise miss and describes them in clear and vivid language.

Trained audio describers provide a live, objective and succinct description of the action and visual elements of the play, which is heard by patrons through an earpiece attached to a pocket-sized ratio.  Introductory notes (where available) are read prior to the performance which includes a description of set, props, costumes and characters.


Written introductory notes are notes provided prior to the show in accessible formats (electronic structured word document, large print) that give a description of the visual aspects of the show.  These may be appropriate for shows that are largely dialogue driven where audio description is not required but some additional information would help blind and vision impaired audience members to visualize the set, lighting and costumes and aid understanding of the story.  


Before or after the audio described performance, patrons can walk through the set, touch set pieces, feel the costumes and handle key props. Tour group sizes are strictly limited and must be booked in advance. 


What is Audio Description? 

Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand

National Foundation for the Deaf
Blind Citizens NZ

Blind Foundation

Arts Access Aotearoa