Access Performances

Signed Performances

Signed Performances are presented with British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation. The signer will be positioned on the right-hand side of the stage (unless otherwise stated), and our Box Office team can advise on the best seats for viewing the interpretation.

Sister Act
Musical Fri 24 Sep 2021, 7.30pm

Captioned Performances

Captioned Performances see spoken words or songs converted into visible text as they are delivered, via a display screen on stage. Our Box Office team can advise on the best seats for viewing the captions.

Groan Ups
Comedy Sat 14 Nov, 2.15pm

Sister Act
Musical Tue 21 Sep 2021, 7.30pm

Audio Described Performances

During Audio Described Performances, key visual aspects of the show are described live via a headset, which can be reserved in advance via the Box Office and collected prior to the performance.

Sister Act
Musical Sat 25 Sep 2021, 2.15pm

Musical Wed 29 Sep 2021, 8pm

Touch Tours

An accompaniment to Audio Described Performances, Touch Tours are a tactile tour of the stage allowing audience members with visual impairments greater access to the performance. Tours usually take place 90 minutes (or earlier) prior to the start of an Audio Described Performance. The timings below are the start times of the Touch Tours, and places on these tours should be booked in advance via the Box Office.

Sister Act
Musical Sat 25 Sep 2021, 12.45pm

Musical Wed 29 Sep 2021, 5.30pm

Dementia Friendly Performances

Dementia Friendly Performances are tailored to meet the specific needs of people living with Dementia. They include adaptations to the show, clearer visual markers and signage in the physical environment, and a relaxed attitude to movement and audience responses during the show.

To find out more about what a dementia friendly performance entails, click here to watch footage from our Oliver! dementia friendly performance.

Relaxed Performances

Relaxed Performances are open to everyone, but are especially tailored to support audiences with additional needs who may benefit from a more relaxed performance environment. This can include children, young people and adults with neurodivergence such as autism, learning difficulties and other sensory or communication needs.

Captioning by The Difference Engine

We were delighted to work with Talking Birds Theatre Company to bring The Difference Engine to Curve, enabling us to offer Captioned Performances across several shows at our New Work Festival 2019.

The Difference Engine is an innovative tool created by Talking Birds to help make performances accessible for as many people as possible. It enables audience members to receive captions on their own mobile devices – such as smartphones and tablets – via a free app available to download on both the App Store and Google Play Store.

For more details about The Difference Engine or tips for downloading and using the app, please email [email protected] or call Box Office on 0116 242 3595.

Find out more about The Difference Engine at



Before you arrive, download the free App onto your smartphone or tablet.

  • On iOS (iPhone/iPad) – download from the App Store.
  • On Android – download from the Google Play Store.
  • You can find the App on both stores by searching ‘The Difference Engine‘.

To access the captions, please follow the written steps or watch the captioned video tutorial below

On arrival, connect to the network.

  • Set your device to Airplane mode to avoid interruptions.
  • Re-enable WiFi and select the Difference Engine network (this should be available around 20 minutes before the event begins – if not, speak to a member of staff).
  • The password is engine123 – if this changes, check the App Guide).

Open the App and select ‘Captions’.


If you have a different device, or an older version of iOS or Android:

  • Connect to the Difference Engine WiFi network, as above.
  • In your browser, type into the address bar and press Enter.
  • Select ‘Captions’.

Saving battery life:

  • Talking Birds recommend reducing the brightness on your device whilst viewing the captions, to conserve battery life during the performance.


The above seating plan details our recommended seating for access performances here at Curve, and other access needs.

If you have any questions about this seating plan, or if you would like to book a wheelchair space or transfer seat, please contact our Box Office by calling 0116 242 3595, by email on [email protected] or in person at Curve.