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Mary recommends audio-described cinema shows


Reported by Mary

Published on Thursday, February 10th, 2022

Equality Leisure Access
Microreports

Mary recommends audio-described cinema shows


Written by Mary

Published on Thursday, February 10th, 2022

Equality

Leisure Access

As a blind person, I’ve been attending audio-described theatre performances in London for a while now, but until I watched Belfast at the Barbican last week I’d never been to a blind-people friendly cinema show.

blind woman with dog

I’m glad to say my visit was a great success. I got a good understanding of what was happening in the movie thanks to the headset and I thought the Belfast and its Van Morrison soundtrack were absolutely excellent.

Not all cinemas have showings for blind or visually impaired people, but the Barbican usually offers one or two audio-described films a week. On the cinema’s website, films with audio descriptions will have ‘AD’ in brackets after the title.

woman at cinema

As with the accessible theatre performances, you can get reduced price tickets for yourself and a companion if you register yourself as an ‘access’ member. It’s easy to get to as well. Barbican tube station is nearby and there’s free parking available for Disabled car users.

If you’re heading to one of their audio-described showings, the only slight snag is that you need to get to the reception area at least five minutes early to give the staff time to fetch and test out your headset.

All in all, I’d really recommend the Barbican’s audio described cinema shows.

Written by Mary


I have lived in Camden since the late 70s (last century!). Following a history degree, I worked in Kings Cross for a trade union for a few years. After leaving I worked with homeless women in Soho and then in Camden working with young offenders on release from prison. I then retrained as a Social Worker at Bristol, working in the area of domestic violence. As a disabled women, I made sure that refuges were accessible and that there was accessible information about them available. I have been involved for several years in local disabled service user groups in Camden, and have chaired Visually Impaired in Camden and a member of that group for many years. I am also a trustee of Camden Disability Action. Since COVID 19 I am unable to go shopping alone or visit other disabled friends. My mobility has been severely curtailed, like many other disabled people. I am still keen however to ensure that transport and streets are accessible to all and that pressure is put on local authorities and transport providers to help bring this about.

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