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Envision 2009–2010 An unforgettable theatre day for young people with visual impairment In partnership with VocalEyes


Envision provides an enhanced theatre experience for visually impaired young people Young people, aged 11-18, have the chance to attend a West End matinee supported by a morning of stimulating activities that help them engage with the performance. For 2009-2010 the productions are Hairspray and War Horse. THE DAY INCLUDES: • 90-minute workshop led by trained theatre educators, with practical exercises offering an introduction to the production

COST: £7.50 per young person £10.00 per adult

• Touch tour exploring the set, props and costumes up close • Audio-described*performance with best seats at front of stalls • A chance throughout the day to meet other young people with visual impairment IN ADDITION: • Young people receive a special CD containing cast interviews, synopsis of the production and music to help them prepare for their theatre visit • Accompanying adults receive a resource pack

‘I cannot put into words how fantastic these opportunities are… [My daughter] has a full theatre experience, no gaps or confusion’ Parent, Wicked Envision day 2009

*Audio description is a live verbal commentary delivered in the silent moments on stage, capturing the visual elements of a performance from set and prop changes to gestures, actions and facial expressions.


Hairspray Shaftesbury Theatre 10.00am to 5.30pm Thursday 3rd December 2009 Thursday 10th December 2009

Hairspray, “the mother of all musicals�, follows Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, as she sets out to dance her way onto TV's most popular dance show. Can this ordinary girl realise her extraordinary dreams, inspire her mum and still have time to win the boy she loves? Suitable for Age 11+ www.hairspraythemusical.co.uk Audio description provided by VocalEyes

1 wheelchair space and 2 transfer seats available (down 2-3 stairs, in the Royal Circle)


War Horse New London Theatre 10.00am to 5.30pm Thursday 21st January 2010 Thursday 4th February 2010 Thursday 11th February 2010

At the outbreak of World War I, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home. Based on Michael Morpurgo’s celebrated novel, actors with magnificent, life-sized puppets lead us on a gripping journey through history. Suitable for Age 11+ www.warhorselondon.com

2 wheelchair spaces and transfer seats available See www.warhorselondon.com/accessinfo for details on access at the New London Theatre Audio description provided by the National Theatre

‘You really make theatre come alive and I am truly grateful’ Participant, The Mousetrap Envision day 2008


Application Form Please apply early, as spaces are strictly limited. Please do not apply for tickets you cannot use, as we are unable to offer refunds on any unused tickets. Please return this form by post or fax to 020 7632 4111.

Contact name: Job title/relationship to young person(s) attending: School name: (if applicable) LEA:

Email:

Address: Postcode: Tel:

Fax:

Mobile:

Please state the best time of day to reach you: Age(s) of young people attending:

Access requirements Please specify the range of visual ability within the group: Please describe any other special needs or requirements (e.g. guide dogs, hearing impairment, other disability):

Do you require wheelchair spaces? Yes/No If so, how many? (Please refer to the show descriptions for the spaces available) Can any of the wheelchair users transfer into seats? Yes/No If so, how many

Ticket requirements. Please number your preferences as #1, #2, etc. 3 December Hairspray

pupils

adults

Total:

10 December Hairspray

pupils

adults

Total:

21 January

War Horse

pupils

adults

Total:

4 February

War Horse

pupils

adults

Total:

11 February

War Horse

pupils

adults

Total:

If you have any queries about completing this form, or Envision in general, please contact Jo Pelly on 020 7632 4117 or jo@mousetrap.org.uk


Mousetrap Theatre Projects enables young people with limited resources, access or support to engage with the best of London’s theatre. We offer innovative theatre access, education and audience development programmes to stimulate and inspire young people. At the heart of our work is the desire to open doors to young people who might otherwise consider London’s rich cultural heritage closed to them. VocalEyes is a nationwide audio-description service providing access to the best in the arts for blind and partially sighted people, not only in theatre but also museums, galleries and heritage sites. For details see www.vocaleyes.co.uk Mousetrap Theatre Projects 23-24 Henrietta Street Covent Garden London WC2E 8ND T: 020 7632 4117 F: 020 7632 4111 E: jo@mousetrap.org.uk www.mousetrap.org.uk Registered charity no. 1053434

We are most grateful to the following funders:

City Bridge Trust The Sobell Foundation BBC Children in Need The Mackintosh Foundation Capital 95.8’s Help a London Child

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