An Afternoon at Milton Keynes Theatre by Caroline Pearson

Thanks to a generous grant from Milton Keynes Community Foundation, a small group of Service Users supported by volunteers enjoyed an audio-described performance of The Little Mermaid.  Northern Ballet returned to Milton Keynes for this very different and amazing production.

The day began with a workshop facilitated by two of the dancers from the production.  We explored the story-line as well as the dance and movements which would be described during the performance.  The Production Manager was also present, describing the stage setting and helping out with the many costumes shown to us.  These were beautifully made, very colourful and truly a delight to see and feel close-up!

We then had time to sort out our headsets for the audio-described performance which was provided by Vocaleyes.  We all thoroughly enjoyed the performance and the audio description was excellent.  Audio description opens up so many opportunities for people with sight loss.  Milton Keynes Reader Service very much appreciates the support from the Community Foundation to enable those with visual impairments to enjoy events such as this.

Caroline Pearson, MKRS Management Committee