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Black Diggers (Audio Described)

28 March 2015 - Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
One hundred years ago, a bullet from an assassin’s gun sparked a war that ignited the globe. Patriotic young men all over the world lined up to join the fight – including hundreds of Indigenous Australians. Shunned and downtrodden in their own country, Aboriginal men stepped up to enlist.

Black and White Committee Lunch on Sydney Harbour

29 March 2015 - Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre, Garden island, Salt Horse Café, Sydney, NSW
Join us at the Vision Australia Black and White Committee Lunch on Sydney Harbour on March 29 2015.

Carousel (audio described)

29 March 2015 - Sutherland Entertainment Centre, 30 Eton Street, Sutherland, NSW
From the magical evocation of the carousel in the overture to the majestic and moving strains of the immortal "You'll Never Walk Alone", this giant of the musical stage remains timeless and starbright.

Bendigo Easter Egg Hunt

3 April 2015 - Near the Rotunda in Rosalind Park, Bendigo, VIC
Proceeds go to Vision Australia Bendigo to assist people who are blind or have low vision in our community.

Buying and downloading apps

14 April 2015 - Ipswich Central Library, 40 South Street, Ipswich, QLD
This workshop will show you how to search for, buy and install an app from the App Store.

Felt making workshop

14 April 2015 - Vision Australia Wollongong centre, 2/135-143 Princes Highway, Fairy Meadow , Wollongong, NSW
Learn great new skills from expert felt-maker Anita Larkin while making beautiful tactile wall panels for Vision Australia’s Wollongong centre.

iPad/iPhone Basics

14 April 2015 - Ipswich Central Library, 40 South Street , Ipswich, QLD
This workshop introduces you to the basics of your iDevice including the gestures used. It also explains the Home Screen and how to open and close apps.

Strictly Ballroom (Audio Described)

16 April 2015 - Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Experience the glitz, humour and romance in this sparkling, sequinned spectacular that inspired the world to dance.

2015 Para and VI National Archery Championships

18 April 2015 - Freeway Reserve, Mulgrave, Melbourne, Vic
Archery has featured at every Paralympic Games since the first in Rome 1960. The sport has three different classifications and is comprised of individual and team events in both standing and wheelchair competitions

Jumpy (audio described)

18 April 2015 - Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Things seem to be going from bad to worse for Hilary. Her career is on the line, her marriage is slipping into habit and her daughter is barely talking to her.

Bell Shakespeare’s As You Like It (audio described)

18 April 2015 - Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
Exiled to the Forest of Arden, Rosalind finds danger and mischief lurking behind every tree. She’s in love with Orlando, but must dress as the boy Ganymede. And so begins a gender bending courtship that shows that true love really does conquer all – even with a bit of cross dressing thrown in.

End Game (audio described)

21 April 2015 - Sumner, Southbank Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
In a bare room where two windows look out on desolation, Hamm is enthroned, blind and old. His aged parents, Nagg and Nell, discuss their fading memories.

Monkey…Journey to the West (Audio Described)

25 April 2015 - The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, Canberra, ACT
Join our iconic hero Monkey along with his friends, Tripitaka, Pigsy and Sandy on their quest to return the sacred scriptures – and peace and harmony – to China. Meet heavenly beings and fallible mortals, and cheer our heroes on in their exciting battles with devious spirits and treacherous monsters.

Reading Books on your iDevice

28 April 2015 - Ipswich Central Library, 40 South Street, Ipswich, QLD
This workshop shows you how to use apps to find and read books.

Using apps that come with your iDevice

28 April 2015 - Ipswich Central Library, 40 South Street, Ipswich, QLD
This workshop builds on what is covered in the Basic workshop the previous week, going into more detail for using some basic apps.

The ANZAC Project (audio described)

30 April 2015 - Ensemble Theatre, Kirribilli, NSW
Two, one-act plays commissioned to commemorate 100 years since the Anzacs landed at Gallipoli: "Dear Mum and Dad" and "Light Begins to Fade".

Brisbane (Audio Described)

2 May 2015 - Playhouse QPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Brisbane, 1942: a big country town jumping at shadows, never knowing if that buzz in the air is a cicada or a squadron of merciless Japanese Zeroes. World War II took the city’s innocence, and that of 14-year-old Danny Fisher.

Mosaic Workshops

5 May 2015 - 2/135-143 Princes Highway, Fairy Meadow , NSW
Learn cracking new skills from mosaic artist Susan McDonald while making beautiful tactile wall panels for Vision Australia’s Wollongong centre. This workshop is being run over two days in May.

The Importance of Being Miriam (Audio Described)

9 May 2015 - Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
Lady Bracknell, Mrs Malaprop, Jane Austen’s Lady Catherine de Bourgh (Pride and Prejudice) and Mrs Corney and Mr Bumble from Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, are amongst the unforgettable figures brought vividly to life by the award-winning star of stage and screen in The Importance of Being Miriam.

La Traviata (audio described)

16 May 2015 - Lyric Theatre QPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Love, passion, an overprotective father and a life cut short are the ingredients in La Traviata, Verdi’s greatest romantic tragedy. Rising star Emma Pearson sings the role of Violetta, a coveted courtesan trapped in a life of pleasure for payment. When she unexpectedly falls in love with Alfredo (Aldo di Toro) their brief affair soars, only to be torn apart and ultimately end in Violetta’s death. Sumptuous staging, twinkling chandeliers, champagne-fuelled parties and costumes that would make Dior envious bring the extravagant characters and setting of high society Paris to vivid life. Kate Cherry’s acclaimed production brings together some of Australia’s finest international artists including celebrated baritone Jonathan Summers, with Maestro Johannes Fritzsch conducting the combined forces of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Opera Queensland Chorus.

Legally Blonde: the Musical (audio described)

17 May 2015 - Sutherland Entertainment Centre, 30 Eton Street, Sydney, NSW
Sorority star Elle Woods doesn't take "no" for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone "serious", Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law.

Mosaic Workshops

19 May 2015 - 2/135-143 Princes Highway, Fairy Meadow , NSW
Learn cracking new skills from mosaic artist Susan McDonald while making beautiful tactile wall panels for Vision Australia’s Wollongong centre. This workshop is being run over two days in May.

Alice’s Adventures in Opera Land (audio described)

22 May 2015 - Playhouse, Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Join Alice and the White Rabbit as they are transported to Operaland, a world where the scenes and songs of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Mozart’s The Magic Flute and other much-loved operas await discovery.

Don Carlos (audio described)

23 May 2015 - State Theatre, Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Elijah Moshinsky returns to Australia with his lavish production of Don Carlos, a sumptuous affair, rich in detail like a Velázquez painting.

Storm Boy (Audio Described)

23 May 2015 - IMB Theatre, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong, NSW
Storm Boy tells the captivating story of a boy's last childhood summer spent with his reclusive dad in the wild freedom of South Australia's Coorong.

Dirty Dancing (Audio Described)

3 June 2015 - Lyric Theatre QPAC, Brisbane, QLD
An unprecedented live experience, this worldwide smash-hit explodes with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensationally sexy dancing.

The Lion King (Audio Described)

4 June 2015 - Regent Theatre , Melbourne, VIC
A spectacular theatrical experience, enhanced by expertly delivered Vision Australia audio description

Storm Boy (Audio Described)

6 June 2015 - Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
A boy’s last childhood summer before beginning the long trek to adulthood is spent with his reclusive dad, Hideaway Tom. Storm Boy roams the savage landscape, navigating the waters and searching for debris and wildlife. Along the way he picks up some unlikely friends including the enigmatic Fingerbone Bill and a family of orphaned pelicans, including his favourite, Mr Percival.

The Waiting Room (audio described)

9 June 2015 - Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Kylie was a child when her father Emeritus Professor Alan Trounsen made breakthrough after breakthrough in fertility research.

Recycled Materials Art Workshop in June

10 June 2015 - Vision Australia Wollongong centre, 2/135-143 Princes Highway, Fairy Meadow, NSW
Learn new skills in working with wood and recycled materials from local artist Bertie McMahon while making beautiful tactile wall panels for Vision Australia’s Wollongong centre.

The Shoehorn Sonata (Audio described)

11 June 2015 - Ensemble Theatre, Kirribilli, NSW
Remembering 70 years since the end of WWII. It’s hard to imagine anyone surviving a Japanese POW camp.

Les Misérables (Audio Described)

16 June 2015 - Capitol Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Immersed deep into the Parisian underworld, a battle between good and evil during the uprising of 1832 with a breathtaking realism that is unsurpassed in modern prose.

Anything Goes (audio described)

17 June 2015 - Princess Theatre, 163 Spring St, Melbourne, VIC
For decades, Anything Goes has captivated millions with its delightful story of madcap antics aboard the S.S. American.

Educating Rita (Audio described)

25 June 2015 - Ensemble Theatre , Kirribilli, NSW
This beloved modern tale of the erosive nature of lives half-lived, the potential to awaken another’s soul, and the power of choice, is coming to the Ensemble Theatre in a brand new adaption, updated and transported to Australia.

Kelly (Audio Described)

27 June 2015 - Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
Ned Kelly sits in a grimy cell at Old Melbourne Gaol on the night before his execution. His brother and fellow gang member Dan, who Ned believes died at the siege of Glenrowan, visits disguised as a priest. He’s seeking Ned’s blessing and forgiveness before heading north to start a new life in Queensland. But after everything they’ve been through together over the years, and how all of this has affected them, a blessing is not an easy ask. Brothers of the same blood and name, but with very different perspectives of their past. Life or death?

North by Northwest (audio described)

30 June 2015 - Playhouse, Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC
After Roger O. Thornhill is mistakenly abducted by thugs and accussed of murder, it’s time to run! From New York to North Dakota, Thornhill is chased by spies, Feds, Crop-dusting planes and the inevitable cool blonde.

Peter Pan (audio described)

4 July 2015 - Playhouse QPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Wendy and her two brothers literally fly into the adventure of a lifetime when Peter Pan leads them to a fantastical dream world of fairies, mermaids, pirates, and one very large crocodile.

Birdland (audio described)

7 July 2015 - Southbank Theatre MTC, Melbourne, VIC
Once a pub-rocker, Paul now packs out stadiums throughout Europe. Everyone wants a piece of him. Thousands chant his name. As the multitudes stare up at him he feels their eyes eating away. And when there’s a suicidal leap from a hotel rooftop, he feels the fall.

La Traviata (Audio described)

18 July 2015 - Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
For a modern audience, La Traviata offers everything we think of when we think of the opera: a consumptive heroine, velvet dresses and heaving bosoms, lavish party scenes and touching intimate moments.

Sweeney Todd (audio described)

22 July 2015 - Playhouse, Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC
From Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler comes this Tony Award-winning musical and the inspiration for Tim Burton’s hit Hollywood film, Sweeney Todd - the final installment in Victorian Opera’s Sondheim trilogy.

Don Carlos (Audio described)

23 July 2015 - Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Light gleams off dark marble monuments and the terror of the Spanish inquisition is captured in a stage beset with shadows.

Mary Poppins (audio described)

1 August 2015 - Riverside Theatre, Parramatta, NSW
The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep.

Ghosts in the Scheme (Audio Described)

2 August 2015 - Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
Cooma has always been a gateway to pleasure, and in the 1950s it played host to an extraordinary influx of people from around the world, escaping their past, to work on the Snowy Mountains Scheme. They brought with them ideas, espresso, food, music, dancing and optimism for love and life in the New World.

Anything Goes (Audio Described)

5 August 2015 - QPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Anything Goes is a stunning nautical favourite. For decades, Anything Goes has captivated millions with its delightful story of madcap antics aboard the S.S. American.

Ladies in Lavender (Audio described)

6 August 2015 - Ensemble Theatre , Kirribilli, NSW
For two sisters living in a remote village on the Cornish coast, an exciting day means hot cocoa in bed. Set in the long shadow of World War I, this tender tale blooms like a late summer rose.

Beginners Ukulele Workshops Melbourne

7 August 2015 - Ground floor (Mezzanine room), Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD, VIC
Swing along to the sounds of beautiful uke music and easy to play popular songs. Come and have a go and ride the mighty uke wave that’s sweeping the world! Workshops are open to people of all abilities.

Sex with Strangers (Audio Described)

8 August 2015 - 32 Burelli St, Wollongong, NSW
Sex with Strangers delves into the live of two people equally capable of ambition, kindness and cruelty.

Death and the Maiden (audio described)

11 August 2015 - Sumner, Southbank Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Through months of pain and degradation Paulina never saw her tormentor’s face, but she would never forget his voice. This night, when her husband Gerardo invites a stranger back to their isolated beach house, she hears that voice again.

The 26-Storey Treehouse (Audio Described)

15 August 2015 - IMB Theatre, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong, NSW
Andy and Terry had such a ball with their crash-landing entry into the world of theatre with The 13-Storey Treehouse that they’re back for more... 13 storeys more!

Betrayal (Audio Described)

22 August 2015 - Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
It’s 1977. Emma is married to Robert, a publisher. But for seven years, she’s been having an affair with Jerry, a literary agent and Robert’s best friend.

Ladies In Lavendar (Audio Described)

22 August 2015 - The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith, NSW
For two sisters living in a remote village on the Cornish coast, an exciting day means hot cocoa in bed. Set in the long shadow of World War I, this tender tale blooms like a late summer rose

The Marriage of Figaro

29 August 2015 - Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Mozart's classic comedy has been entertaining crowds for centuries, and between the witty, fast-moving libretto and the melodic, charming ensemble writing, it's not hard to understand why.

The Marriage of Figaro (Audio Described)

29 August 2015 - Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Mozart's classic comedy has been entertaining crowds for centuries, and between the witty, fast-moving libretto and the melodic, charming ensemble writing, it's not hard to understand why.

Seventeen (audio described)

5 September 2015 - Belvoir Street Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Matthew Whittet’s Seventeen is the play he’s been getting ready to write for a long time. It’s about the cusp of adulthood, and it has been specially, like really specially, written for a rollcall of the country’s great senior actors.

The Present After Anton Chekhov’s Platonov (audio described)

12 September 2015 - Sydney Theatre Walsh Bay , Sydney, NSW
Anton Chekhov’s first play was a sprawling, unstructured epic but it marked out the style and themes he would return to in his later masterworks from The Seagull to The Cherry Orchard. It remains a mysterious, unpolished gem.

The Weir (audio described)

15 September 2015 - Fairfax Studio Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC
In a small rural pub in the west of Ireland, the regulars and their host fall into swapping ghost stories, trying to impress Valerie who has just moved into town. Who could know how deeply these stories strike home, and that the most heart-chilling story is waiting to be told?

Mother and Sons (audio described)

16 September 2015 - Ensemble Theatre , Kirribilli, NSW
Tough-as-nails Katharine is desperately lonely. She just lost her husband. Twenty years ago, she lost her son. Out of the blue, she turns up at his lover’s New York apartment.

The Wharf Revue 2015 (Audio Described)

19 September 2015 - Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
In 2015, The Wharf Revue turns 15. Or is it 16? Everyone is getting too old to care about birthdays, but we do care about satire. So, once more unto the political breach step Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott with their signature style of seriously side-splitting satirical silliness and musical mayhem.

Betrayal (audio described)

22 September 2015 - Sumner, Southbank Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Emma meets Jerry after the end of their affair, revealing she is going to leave Robert, the husband and best friend they betrayed. But when Jerry decides to confess all to Robert, he discovers that Robert found out about the affair years ago.

Anything Goes (audio described)

23 September 2015 - Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney, NSW
For decades, Anything Goes has captivated millions with its delightful story of madcap antics aboard the S.S. American.

The Book Club (audio described)

24 September 2015 - Ensemble Theatre, McDougall St, Kirribilli , Sydney, NSW
Deb can’t quite shake the feeling there’s something missing in her life. Her kids have left home. Her husband is sport-obsessed. Meanwhile, she dreams of getting love letters in the post from Martin Amis.

A Sri Lankan Asylum Seeker’s Story: (Audio Described)

26 September 2015 - Bruce Gordon Theatre, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong, NSW
A Tamil asylum seeker arrives in Australia on an illegal boat, is held at a detention centre, and meets a refugee studies student who wants to record his story for his own purposes.

Grumpiest Boy in the World, Victorian Opera (audio described)

4 October 2015 - Merlyn Theatre at the Malthouse, Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria
For our 10th birthday season, we bring to life The Grumpiest Boy in the World, an enchanting tale about a grumpy seven-year old. Fed up with being normal, Zachary Bridling travels to places where there are giants and hairy creatures, and learns that anyone can stand out, no matter how ordinary they believe they are.

Strictly Ballroom (Audio Described)

6 October 2015 - Lyric Theatre QPAC, Brisbane, QLD
This brand new theatrical production features classic songs from the film including Love is in the Air, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps and Time After Time, as well as brand new songs. Experience the glitz, humour and romance in this sparkling, sequinned spectacular that inspired the world to dance.

Arms and the Man (audio described)

17 October 2015 - Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Stuck in a Bulgarian backwater, Raina Petkoff has been reading too many romance novels. She wants adventure, she wants love, she wants to get the hell out of town.

Monkey…Journey to the West (Audio Described)

17 October 2015 - IMB Theatre, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong, NSW
Join our iconic heroes Pigsy, Sandy, Tripitaka and the immortal Monkey on their adventure-filled journey to return the sacred scriptures – and peace and harmony – to China.

Bell Shakespeare’s Hamlet (Audio Described)

24 October 2015 - Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
Dark acts result in darker consequences. And there is little that’s darker and more complicated than the act of revenge.A family torn apart by murder, a son burdened with the truth and the task of avenging his father, and a country on the brink of war.

The Odd Couple (Audio Described)

31 October 2015 - Grey Street, Brisbane, Queensland
Suddenly single after his wife throws him out on the street, despairing journalist Felix reluctantly accepts the hospitality of his buddy Oscar, a sportswriter and Grade A slob.

Thank you for Being a Friend (audio described)

31 October 2015 - Performing Arts Centre, 597 High Street, Penrith, NSW
Prepare for an evening of laughter, spectacular put-downs and familiar friends as Miami’s four favourite Golden Girls – Dorothy, Sophia, Rose and Blanche – reunite in puppet-form for this lovingly hilarious live tribute show.

My Zinc Bed (audio described)

12 November 2015 - Ensemble Theatre, Kirribilli, NSW
"I can love you and drink. Or I can not love you and not drink. That’s the choice.” Paul Peplow, poet and ex-alcoholic, is on the straight and narrow. But one unforgettable London summer threatens to undo him.

Blood Bank (audio described)

19 November 2015 - Ensemble Theatre, Kirribilli, NSW
Michael is waiting to give blood for his brother. Justin is waiting for the transfusion. Abbey is just, well, waiting. They don’t know it yet, but they desperately need each other.

Ladies In Black

28 November 2015 - Playhouse QPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Step through the doors of F.G. Goode’s department store and into a marvellous musical whirl of glitz and glamour with Ladies in Black.

Buyer and Cellar (Audio Described)

1 December 2015 - Fairfax Studio Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Alex, an out-of-work actor, accepts a retail job in a shopping mall. In a basement of a fabulous house in Malibu. Owned by a singing legend. Serving a single customer, by the name of Barbara.

Orlando (audio described)

5 December 2015 - Drama Theatre Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Virginia Woolf’s novel Orlando has been described as the longest and most charming love letter in literature. Inspired by Woolf’s affair with the author and aristocrat Vita Sackville-West, it is part biography, part fabulation, part poetry.

The Last Man Standing (Audio Described)

8 December 2015 - Sumner Theatre Southbank, Melbourne, Vic
Tasked with saving the all-singing, all-dancing Gallipoli Centennial concert, Australia’s most decorated soldier, Colonel Rammond Hope, discovers the last remaining Galopoli digger is still alive, and might be the ultimate show stopper.

Mortido (Audio Described)

12 December 2015 - Belvoir Street Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Mortido is a crime drama, revenge tragedy and morality play rolled into one. In other words, a quintessential Sydney tale.

King Lear (audio described)

18 December 2015 - Sydney Theatre Walsh Bay , Sydney, NSW
Lear decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters. To determine their share, they need simply to express their love for him. The youngest, Cordelia, says nothing. Everything else is history.

The Good Doctor (audio described)

7 January 2016 - Ensemble Theatre, Kirribilli, NSW
If laughter is indeed the best medicine, THE GOOD DOCTOR is the cure-all pill. In this collection of stories from master playwright Neil Simon (channelling Chekhov),
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