The latest kind donation from St. Anne’s Cathedral Sit-Out goes toward maintaining N.I. Sightlines’ website. It is really important to keep this website up to date, as it lists all the performances that are to be described in each coming season. This gives blind and visually impaired people the opportunity to go to one site and choose the shows they wish to attend. Furthermore it is also the place from which they can download the introductory notes which describe the set and scenery, the actors, characters and costumes. They can then listen to these notes at their leisure, being given the background of the show in advance and thus being enabled to participate fully as audience members. The website is updated every 2 or 3 weeks, sometimes more frequently, as introductory notes to each new show are uploaded.
Thanks to a generous donation from St. Anne’s Cathedral Sit-out, N. I. Sightlines was enabled to travel to Dublin’s Abbey Theatre with a group of 6 blind and visually impaired people, to experience an audio-description of ‘Ulysses’. The play, whilst not being the easiest to understand, was full of interest, with song, puppets and audience participation in the bar scenes. The audio-description was excellent and everyone appreciated the opportunity to listen to a different voice. After the show we all enjoyed a meal together before returning to Belfast.