Access at Southbank Theatre

Access

MTC is committed to making performances accessible to the widest possible audience. You can learn more about the various services we offer in the sections below – simple click the relevant title for more information.

Our Access Brochure outlines of all of our Access services we provide, including details about Captioned and Audio Described Performances, and Tactile Tours. You can download a copy via the links on the right of the page.

Wheelchair and mobility access

Facilities for wheelchair access and seating that allows more room for the use of mobility aids are available in all theatres. Please make your requirements known when booking.

Captioning and FM hearing system

An FM hearing system is available for all performances in the Sumner, Playhouse and Fairfax Studio at no charge upon presentation of identification to theatre ushers. Audience members receive either a headset or neck loop enabling use of a hearing aid via the T-switch. A full list of captioned performances is below, and you can also find them on all our online calendars, marked with a ‘C’.

2016
Ladies in Black – Saturday 27 February 2pm
Lungs – Saturday 19 March 4pm
Straight White Men – Saturday 11 June 4pm
Double Indemnity – Saturday 2 July 4pm
Jasper Jones – Saturday 3 September 4pm
Disgraced – Saturday 1 October 4pm
Switzerland – Saturday 29 October 4pm
The Odd Couple – Saturday 17 December 4pm

For more information, contact Southbank Theatre on 03 8688 0800 or the Arts Centre on 03 9281 8000 (TTY 03 9281 8441).

Audio description and tactile tours

Vision Australia provides free audio description for people who are vision impaired, for specific performances. Simply call Vision Australia on 02 9334 3533 at least one week prior to your performance to reserve a small audio receiver, which can be collected upon arrival at the theatre. There are also tactile tours of the stage prior to the Saturday matinee audio-described performances

Audio Described performances

Complete lists of our Audio Describer and captioned performances can be below, and you can also find them on all our online calendars, marked with ‘A’ or ‘T’.

2016
Ladies in Black – Tuesday 9 February 6.30pm and Saturday 13 February 2pm
Lungs – Tuesday 1 March 6.30pm and Saturday 5 March 4pm
The Distance – Tuesday 29 March 6.30pm and Saturday 2 April 4pm
Miss Julie – Tuesday 10 May 6.30pm and Saturday 14 May 4pm
Straight White Men – Tuesday 3 May 6.30pm and Saturday 4 June 4pm
Double Indemnity – Tuesday 21 June 6.30pm and Saturday 25 June 4pm
Skylight – Tuesday 12 July 6.30pm and Saturday 16 July 4pm
Jasper Jones – Tuesday 23 August 6.30pm and Saturday 27 August 4pm
Disgraced – Tuesday 13 September 6.30pm and Saturday 17 September 4pm
Switzerland – Tuesday 11 October 6.30pm and Saturday 15 October 4pm
The Odd Couple – Tuesday 29 November 6.30pm and Saturday 3 December 4pm

Tactile Tours

Tactile tours commence one hour before the designated performance. Guests are given a tour of the stage and invited to touch the sets, costumes and props while the Stage Manager, and often cast members, describe them.

2016
Ladies in Black – Saturday 13 February 2pm
Lungs – Saturday 5 March 4pm
The Distance – Saturday 2 April 4pm
Miss Julie – Saturday 14 May 4pm
Straight White Men – Saturday 4 June 4pm
Double Indemnity – Saturday 25 June 4pm
Skylight – Saturday 16 July 4pm
Jasper Jones – Saturday 27 August 4pm
Disgraced – Saturday 17 September 4pm
Switzerland – Saturday 15 October 4pm
The Odd Couple – Saturday 3 December 4pm

Auslan interpreted performances

MTC is currently partnering with Arts Centre Melbourne on offering Auslan interpreted performances. A list of Auslan interpreted performances is below, and you can also find them on all our online calendars, Marked with an ‘S’.

2016
Lungs – Saturday 12 March 4pm
Double Indemnity – Saturday 18 June 4pm
Disgraced – Saturday 24 September 4pm

For more information, contact Southbank Theatre on info@mtc.com.au or 03 8688 0800 or the Arts Centre on 03 9281 8000 (TTY 03 9281 8441).

More information

Arts Access Victoria

Arts Access Victoria is the State’s leading arts and disability organisation. They are focused on building the capacity of the arts, disability, community and education sectors to increase the participation of people with a disability in arts and culture.

You can contact Arts Access directly on Voice: 9699 8299 or TTY: 9699 7636, or email info@artsaccess.com.au.

Companion Card

Companion Cards are issued to people with a significant, permanent disability, who can demonstrate that they are unable to access most community activities and venues without attendant care support. MTC offers Companion Card holders a free ticket for their companion to attend the performance and assist with their access needs. Learn more about Companion Card bookings.