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BIG TOP CIRCUS EXPERIENCE FOR LOCAL BLIND AND PARTIALLY SIGHTED CHILDREN 

Two in every 1,000 children and young people in the UK have a vision impairment and can find it challenging to take part in arts events.

To bring to life the thrills and spills of traditional circus, community interest company Circus Starr arranged pre-show touch tours and audio-described performances at Nuneaton, Milton Keynes, Luton and Leicester during their autumn tour.

At the pre-show touch tours, children with visual impairments were able to meet the entire cast in costume and get up close to the circus props. Following on from the feedback from last year's pilot, there were also plenty of opportunities to "have a go" with performers on hand to help children limbo dance, swing from the aerial silks and get acrobatic on the crash mat.   

Trained Vocaleyes audio describers provided live commentary, delivered via headsets, ensuring none of the details of the live circus action was missed. 

These adaptations for the performances were very well received and plans are now afoot to acquire the equipment and train staff to audio describe enabling audio-description to be offered on request across all of the tours.      

The project was funded by Big Lottery and the MFPA Trust Fund for Disabled Children in the Arts and the donated ticket programme supported by donations from local businesses.

 

 

By Rachel Oliver on 24th October, 2017

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