A handy guide.

Wheelchair Access


Next Wave makes an effort to ensure that all our program venues and works are wheelchair accessible.

Tactile tours


Tactile tours allow patrons who are blind or have low vision to have a hands-on experience of the work. Depending on the production or installation, patrons are given access to costumes, props, and other materials in order to capture the atmosphere of the work. For performance works, the tour takes place directly before the scheduled performance time and is also an opportunity to meet the artist or performers. Patrons and companions must book in advance for all performance works.

Audio description


Audio description enhances the live theatre or film experience for people who are blind or have low vision. Through the use of a small radio receiver and a free, easy-to-use headset, audience members can listen to a description of the visual aspects of the performance during appropriate breaks in the dialogue. Please let us know when booking if you would like to take advantage of audio description, and we will reserve a headset for you.

Auslan interpreting


For performance works, experienced Auslan theatre interpreters stand to the side of the speaker or performed action and translate the text and dialogue into Auslan, signing live.

Relaxed performance


Relaxed performances create a safe and welcoming environment for patrons with autism spectrum conditions, sensory, communication or learning disabilities. There is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement, some small changes are made to the lighting and sound effects, and audience members can enter and exit the venue throughout the show.

Open captioning


Captions are on screen text descriptions that communicate dialogue, identify speakers and describe other relevant sounds.

Assistive Listening


Hearing loops, or assistive listening systems, amplify or enhance sound quality and eliminate background noise for people who are hard of hearing. The devices use standard headphones or can connect with your hearing aid via the T switch or a neck loop.

100% Visual Content


The event contains no music or dialogue.

75% Visual Content


The event is fully surtitled or has minimal dialogue, some background music and/or sounds.

50% Visual Content


Events are partly surtitled or include dialogue, background music and/or sounds.

  1. Next Wave Kickstart Lab Intensive, 2017.