Feel the sequins: touch tours and headset hosts are a sensation for visually impaired audiences

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Feel the sequins: touch tours and headset hosts are a sensation for visually impaired audiences

‘It brings their movements to life in my mind’ … A Chorus Line at Curve Leicester. Photograph: Marc Brenner

‘It brings their movements to life in my mind’ … A Chorus Line at Curve Leicester. Photograph: Marc Brenner

A writer who had felt shut out from stage plays finds out how Curve Leicester’s A Chorus Line is presented with audio description and a guide to the costumes

Caroline Butterwick

Wed 5 Jan 2022 07.41 EST

Last modified on Wed 5 Jan 2022 07.58 EST

Growing up, trips to the theatre for me involved squinting at the stage, unable to follow what was happening. Being partially sighted, plays have felt out of my reach. But now here I am standing on the stage at Curve theatre in Leicester, running my fingers along the delicate gold sequins of a costume for A Chorus Line. There are around a dozen of us at this pre-show talk for visually impaired people, which gives us a chance to familiarise ourselves with the performance we’ll be watching in an hour’s time.

Before the pandemic, this pre-show talk would have taken the form [...]

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