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.

West Side Story
Musical Thu 12 Dec, 7.30pm

Giraffes Can’t Dance
Family Sat 14 Dec, 4.30pm

The Phantom of the Opera
Musical Thu 19 Mar, 7.30pm

I Think We Are Alone
Drama Fri 27 Mar, 7.30pm

Sister Act
Musical Fri 1 May, 7.30pm

A Monster Calls
Drama Thu 28 May, 7.30pm

The Kite Runner
Drama Fri 26 Jun, 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.

West Side Story
Musical Wed 18 Dec, 2.15pm and Tue 2 Jan, 7.30pm

Giraffes Can’t Dance
Family Sat 21 Dec, 10.30am

The Phantom of the Opera
Musical Tue 17 Mar, 7.30pm

I Think We Are Alone
Drama Sat 28 Mar, 2.15pm

Sister Act
Musical Tue 28 Apr, 7.30pm

A Monster Calls
Drama Sat 30 May, 2.15pm

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.

West Side Story
Musical Sat 14 Dec, 2.15pm and Sat 28 Dec, 7.30pm

Giraffes Can’t Dance
Family Sat 28 Dec, 4.30pm

The Phantom of the Opera
Musical Thu 19 Mar, 7.30pm

I Think We Are Alone
Drama Sat 28 Mar, 7.30pm

Northern Ballet: Cinderella
Dance Sat 4 Apr, 2.30pm

The audio description for Cinderella will be led by ex-Premier Dancer Pippa Moore and a specialist VocalEyes practitioner. Also includes pre-show notes from 2.15pm. Click here to listen to the audio advert for Cinderella.

Sister Act
Musical Sat 2 May, 2.15pm

Six
Musical Wed 10 Jun, 8pm

Once
Musical • Mon 15 – Sat 20 Jun
All performances of Once will feature audio description.

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.

West Side Story
Musical Sat 14 Dec, 12.45pm and Sat 28 Dec, 6pm

Giraffes Can’t Dance
Family • Sat 28 Dec, 3pm

I Think We Are Alone
Drama Sat 28 Mar, 6pm

Northern Ballet: Cinderella
Dance Sat 4 Apr, 12 noon
Click here to listen to the audio advert for Cinderella.

Sister Act
Musical • Sat 2 May, 12.45pm

Six
Musical • Wed 10 Jun, 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.

West Side Story
Musical Wed 8 Jan, 2.15pm

Maggie May
Play • Tue 28 Apr – Sat 2 May
All performances of Maggie May are Dementia Friendly

 

Relaxed Performances

Relaxed performances are tailored and aimed at anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed performance environment. The atmosphere in the auditorium will be relaxed and audience members will be free to come and go as they please and make noise if they want to.

Giraffes Can’t Dance
Family Sat 28 Dec, 10.30am

West Side Story
Musical Sat 4 Jan, 2.15pm

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 talkingbirds.co.uk/DE.

   

HOW TO ACCESS THE CAPTIONS

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’.

TIPS FOR USING THE DIFFERENCE ENGINE

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 192.168.0.105 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.