This page contains information about our accessible performances, films, and classes, and about our building.
Scottish Ballet wants to bring the joy and benefits of dance to everyone. We are committed to making our work accessible everywhere – in theatres, at our home in Tramway, and online.
We offer our content in a range of formats, but if we do not have what you need, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate.
Our access offering is a work in progress and we want to make sure you are able to have an enjoyable experience with Scottish Ballet. If you have any questions or feedback for our team, please do let us know.
Phone: +44 (0) 141 331 2931 (textphone prefix 18001)
Accessible Performances and Films
Booking tickets and visiting venues
Booking tickets for accessible performances can vary slightly from venue to venue. For the most up-to-date information, please see the Access and building information and contact details for the venue you wish to visit.
- Theatre Royal, Glasgow
- Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
- His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
- Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
- Theatre Royal, Newcastle
- Sadler’s Wells, London
Audio Description and Touch Tours
At 1pm prior to audio described performances, a touch tour offers people who are blind or partially sighted the chance to get up close to a selection of costumes and props and to hear more about the dancers, the characters they are playing and some examples of gestures and movements specific to the performance. Tickets for touch tours are free but must be booked in advance from the venue.
Audio describers provide a live commentary of the visual elements of a performance which is broadcast through a personal headset. The live commentary describes the set and costumes, atmosphere, characters and action on stage whilst allowing enough space to enjoy and appreciate the music played by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra. The commentary begins with an introduction at 2.20pm, setting the scene before the curtain goes up at 2.30pm.
Some things to know:
- Tickets can be booked through the venue box office. Be sure to let them know you will require a headset when booking your seats and they can advise you of the best seats in the house for broadcast reception
- In advance of the production, an audio recording of the synopsis will be available on our website
- Cast lists and programme articles are also available in braille or large print on request. Please contact email@example.com to access these
- Audience members don’t need any existing knowledge of ballet or its terminology to enjoy to the experience
- Theatre staff will provide you with a personal headset and will be on hand to help with these as necessary
- Theatre staff will also be able to help you navigate the theatre at the interval and can help you with getting refreshments
- We will provide the names of our experienced Audio Describers in advance of each performance on our website
How can visually impaired audiences enjoy ballet? Scottish Ballet’s Engagement Producer Lorna Murray is joined by Audio Describer Emma-Jane McHenry and Allan Russell, Producer at RNIB radio on an episode of Scottish Ballet’s Half Hour Call podcast.
Captioned and Audio Described Films
Most of Scottish Ballet’s films have captions and some of our films are available with audio description.
We aim to offer audio description for all films in future.
We offer relaxed performances on our winter tour for anyone who would benefit from a more informal setting.
This type of performance is designed to make the theatre more welcoming to people who may find the environment overwhelming. This may include audience members who are neurodivergent, have a learning disability, dementia, anxiety, Tourette’s, bowel and bladder conditions or would like to attend with their babies.
We hope to be able to increase the number of relaxed performances available over the next few years.
Some things to know:
- Friendly staff will be on hand to support audiences/people before, during and after the performance
- Auditorium doors open 45 minutes before the start, so there’s lots of time to settle in, and are left open during the show
- Everyone is free to make noise and move around the auditorium
- Seats are sold with spaces between groups
- The house lights will remain at half, so the audience isn’t in the dark
- There will be no strobe lighting or sudden, loud noises
- There will be breakout spaces with a live stream of the show so that if you feel the need to leave the auditorium you won’t miss the action
- Wheelchair spaces are available, and staff are on hand to help if you want to transfer to a theatre seat
We offer a range of dance classes, both online and in-studio, including those for people with neurological conditions.
We aim to provide classes which are accessible to all. Please do not hesitate to get in touch to chat with us about your access requirements.
We also have a range of on demand resources to get you moving in your own time, all of which are captioned. In particular, our beside ballet programme SB Duet has a selection of captioned and BSL interpreted video classes and audio recordings you can follow along with.