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Adrenaline Incorporated, Vision Australia Community Access Group

21 January 2017 - 150 Alexandra Ave, South Yarra, Vic
Adrenaline is a group for blind and vision impaired men and women between the ages of 18-50 who are looking to have fun and we are starting off 2017 with a family day consisting of a BBQ and a chance to explore Herring Island’s famous sculpture gardens. It is a chance to have a good time, improve mobility skills and make new friends and is open to all Vision Australia clients and their families.

Herring Island Family Day

21 January 2017 - Kanteen(Cafe) 150 Alexandra Ave, South Yarra, Vic
Adrenaline is a group for blind and vision impaired men and women between the ages of 18-50 who are looking to have fun and we are starting off 2017 with a family day consisting of a BBQ and a chance to explore Herring Island’s famous sculpture gardens. It is a chance to have a good time, improve mobility skills and make new friends and is open to all Vision Australia clients and their families. Spots are limited, so if you can come please contact: Luke Koenders: 0409 436 773 or email: lukekoenders7@gmail.com Mobility animals more than welcome.

Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci (Audio Described)

21 January 2017 - Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, NSW
Roll up for a double dose of desperation and drama in this classic double bill of tragedies with stories that cut all too close to home.

Ladies in Black (Audio Described)

21 January 2017 - Lyric Theatre, Pirrama Road, Pyrmont, NSW
The swankiest new home-grown musical since Priscilla was queen, Ladies in Black is a whirling, toe-tapping trip back in time. Based on a novel by Madeline St John, it’s a uniquely Australian fashion-forward fairy tale with all the shine and sparkle of Broadway.

Matilda (audio described)

25 January 2017 - Lyric Theatre, QPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

Born Yesterday - Melbourne Theatre Company (Audio Described)

7 February 2017 - Southbank Theatre, The Sumner, Melbourne, VIC
With the war over and Europe littered with a billion tons of scrap metal, junk-yard tycoon Harry Brock settles into a swank Washington hotel suite ready to grease palms and browbeat Senators.

King Roger (Audio Described)

11 February 2017 - Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Szymanowski's intoxicating, iridescent music is rarely heard on the opera stage, so don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear a 20th-century Polish masterpiece.

Senior Moments

11 February 2017 - Corner market and Church Street, Parramatta, NSW
Senior Moments Audio Described Saturday, 11th February at 2pm, Tactile tour TBA A comedy revue about ‘old’ people – and the young people they have to deal with.

Ladies in Black (audio described)

16 February 2017 - Playhouse, QPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Step back through the doors of F.G. Goode’s department store and into a magical modern fairytale. The ladies in black are back for the summer sales.

Pre-employment program

20 February 2017 - 373 Old Cleveland Road, Brisbane, QLD
If you’re a recent high school graduate who is blind or has low vision and wants to learn skills to get job-ready, then our Pre-employment program might just be the right course for you.

Jasper Jones (Audio Described)

25 February 2017 - IMB Theatre, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, 2 Burelli St. Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW
When blamed-for-everything Jasper Jones appears at his window one night, Charlie’s out of his depth. Jasper has stumbled on the body of a local girl in the scrub, and he knows he’s the first suspect – that goes with the colour of his skin. He needs every ounce of Charlie’s brains if the truth is to emerge. As the boys negotiate the secrets of a small town, the winds of change blow – but how do teenage Australians solve the riddles of a grown-up world?

Pre-employment program

6 March 2017 - 346 Macaulay Road, Kensington, VIC
The pre-employment program will offer a full-time, work-simulated environment to provide you with the skills, techniques, and motivation to reach your career goals as well as remove barriers to employment opportunities. Open to all ages and years of work history.

John - Melbourne Theatre Company (Audio Described)

7 March 2017 - Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio, Melbourne, VIC
A young couple, Jenny and Elias, arrive late one evening at Mertis Graven’s bed and breakfast. Perhaps in this comfortable home surrounded by dolls, knick-knacks and Mertis’ blind and eccentric friend Genevieve, they can find peace with each other. But the past can be a kind of haunting, where rooms are temperamental and you never know what objects are thinking.

Odd Man Out (Audio Described)

9 March 2017 - Ensemble Theatre, 78 McDougall St, Kirribilli, NSW
David Williamson’s reputation as one of the greatest social observers of our time is cemented in this brand new comedy about love, tolerance and acceptance.

La Traviata (Audio Described)

11 March 2017 - Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Beautiful and carefree, the courtesan Violetta is the life of every party. But behind that dazzling smile, she knows that she is dying. Unaware of her troubles, the shy Alfredo is in love. He declares his feelings, and Violetta is torn: is the promise of true love worth giving up her life of freedom?

Sleeping Beauty Victorian Opera (Audio Described)

18 March 2017 - Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse, Melbourne, VIC
From the wit and imagination of Richard Gill and the team that brought you Cinderella comes a brand new pantomime that is 60 minutes of pure colour, comedy, song and dance. After a sell-out season in 2012, Victorian Opera invites young and young at heart to shout out, clap and sing along, and discover the magic of musical storytelling.

Faith Healer - Melbourne Theatre Company (Audio Described)

28 March 2017 - Southbank Theatre, The Sumner , Melbourne, VIC
From church hall to church hall, from one remote and dying village to the next, Francis Hardy, faith healer, works his magic, curing the sick and the lame, giving strength to the weak. But that was long ago and his powers these days are far less reliable. More of a mystery now is why his unhappy wife Grace and manager Teddy still place such faith in him after all that’s happened.

Ladies in Black (Audio Described)

1 April 2017 - Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Bright-eyed, bookish school leaver Lisa steps through the doors of the city’s most prestigious department store, F.G. Goodes. A world of unknown possibilities opens up as she befriends the colourful denizens of the Ladies Cocktail Frocks Department – including her new mentor, the exotic Magda, mysterious mistress of Model Gowns.

Dracula

2 April 2017 - Corner market and Church Street, Parramatta, NSW
Dracula Audio Described Sunday, 2nd April at 5pm Tactile tour TBA The Gothic horror story of Dracula swoops the country in a gripping, critically-acclaimed production created by shake & stir.

Lord of the Flies (Audio Described)

9 April 2017 - State Theatre Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC
The action is transferred from deserted island to deserted theatre as a group of schoolboys find themselves abandoned. With no adults around they start to make their own rules and create their own civilisation, before order breaks down and the story builds to an electrifying climax.

Richard III (Audio Described)

15 April 2017 - Canberra Theater, Canberra, ACT
Peter Evans, Artistic Director of Bell Shakespeare, continues to daringly reimagine Shakespeare’s works with a boldness and unexpectedness that will leave audiences breathless. The blood-soaked and naked ambition of Richard 3, who leaves scores dead and only the ghosts to whisper the truth, will be a truly thrilling night at the theatre. This dark and visceral production is not to be missed.

Two (Audio Described)

20 April 2017 - 78 McDougall St , Kirribilli , NSW
Masterfully constructed, Jim Cartwright’s timeless comedy TWO introduces fourteen colourful characters, all skilfully played by Brian Meegan and Kate Raison

The Rasputin Affair (Audio Described)

26 April 2017 - 78 McDougall St , Kirribilli , NSW
This brilliant new work from the pen of Kate Mulvany is wildly imaginative, outrageous and side-splitting.

Three Little Words - Melbourne Theater Company (Audio Described)

9 May 2017 - Southbank Theatre, The Sumner, Melbourne, VIC
Bonnie and Annie and their best friends, Tess and Curtis have both been together for twenty years. The cosy world of coupledom has insulated them all from the challenges of a complicated world. But at an anniversary dinner Tess and Curtis casually drop a bombshell – they have decided to split up. There’s no way to predict or control the devastation that follows.

Once in Royal David's City (audio described)

11 May 2017 - Playhouse, QPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Once In Royal David’s City is a life-affirming story about family, loss, purpose, politics, and the endless possibilities of art

Carmen - Opera Australia

13 May 2017 - Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Will she love Don José? Maybe. Will you fall for her sultry Habanera? Definitely.

The Bodyguard (audio described)

25 May 2017 - Pirrama Road, Sydney, NSW
Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge – what they don't expect is to fall in love

King Roger - Opera Australia (Audio Described)

27 May 2017 - Arts Center Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC
Watching his wife dance under the stranger's spell, King Roger struggles with his own passions: choosing between the sacred love he knows and the sensuous, glittering realm of hedonism the shepherd preaches.

7 stages of grieving (Audio Described)

27 May 2017 - IMB Theatre, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, 2 Burelli St.Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW
Remaining a vital Australian masterwork 20 years after it was penned, The 7 Stages of Grieving is a wise and powerful play about the grief of Aboriginal people and the hope of reconciliation.

TALK (Audio Described)

3 June 2017 - Canberra Theater, Canberra, ACT
In Talk, writer and director Jonathan Biggins (The Wharf Revue) sets his eyes squarely on modern journalism, social media and the 24-hour news cycle. When everyone has a megaphone, who’s listening?

My Fair Lady (Audio Described)

3 June 2017 - Regent Theater, Melbourne , VIC
After out-of-town tryouts in New Haven and Philadelphia, Lerner and Loewe’s remarkable retelling of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion premièred in New York and redefined the form of musical theatre.

Minnie & Liraz – Melbourne Theatre Company (Audio Described)

6 June 2017 - Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio, Melbourne, VIC
The Autumn Road Retirement Village in Caulfield has a fiercely competitive bridge club, although with time and tide doing its inevitable work, no bridge partnership lasts for long. When Minnie Cohen loses her partner in an unfortunate swimming accident, the best player in the village, Liraz Weinberg, wants them to team up. They’d be unbeatable all right, but Minnie abhors Liraz and wants something in return.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Audio Described)

8 June 2017 - 78 McDougall St , Kirribilli , NSW
With award-winning writer Albee’s razor-sharp script, a stunning cast and Iain Sinclair’s impeccable direction, this will be a night of unmissable theatre.

Therese Raquin (Audio Described)

10 June 2017 - IMB Theatre, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, 2 Burelli St.Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW
Thérèse lives a life of servitude, married to her sickly cousin in a loveless, arranged marriage. But her melancholy is marred by the arrival of Laurent, her husband’s friend, with whom she begins a passionate, feverish affair.

Noises Off (audio described)

22 June 2017 - Playhouse, QPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Michael Frayn’s classic meta-farce has been running all over the world since its 1982 premiere.

Macbeth – Melbourne Theatre Company (Audio Described)

27 June 2017 - Southbank Theatre, The Sumner, Melbourne, VIC
And thus begins Mcbeth’s reign driven to ever increasing horror in his attempts to cover his tracks and second-guess his rivals, Macbeth sinks deeper and deeper into isolation and madness. The original Game of Thrones – and the best. All dark and comfortless, Shakespeare’s restless epic shows a man’s slow immersion in the corruption that comes with power.

Cunning Little Vixen - Victorian Opera (Audio Described)

29 June 2017 - Playhouse Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Leoš Janácek's Cunning Little Vixen marvels at the beauty of nature and the process of renewal. This juxtaposition of human and animal life set in an idyllic forest follows the story of Vixen Sharpears: her youth, journey to adulthood, motherhood and death.

Cyrano de Bergerac (Audio Described)

1 July 2017 - Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Cyrano de Bergerac is the play that brought the word ‘panache’ into the English language. An original and finely crafted romantic comedy; this is the tale of the beautiful Roxanne and the man who would love her, but for his outrageous nose.

The Plant (Audio Described)

19 July 2017 - 78 McDougall St , Kirribilli , NSW
Winner of the 2016 Ensemble Theatre New Writing Commission, Kit Brookman’s delightfully quirky play explores the highs and lows of modern parenting, with a keen and intelligent wit.

Neville's Island (Audio Described)

27 July 2017 - 78 McDougall St , Kirribilli , NSW
Tim Firth’s wicked comedy is a masterful look at men trying to make the best of a bad situation while they remain, unfortunately… men.

1984 (Audio Described)

29 July 2017 - Canberra Theatre , Canberra, ACT
Set in a world where an invasive government keeps a malevolently watchful eye on its citizens, this radical and much-lauded staging explores surveillance, identity and why Orwell’s vision of the future is as relevant now as ever.

Noises Off – Melbourne Theatre Company (Audio Described)

1 August 2017 - Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse, Melbourne, VIC
It’s after midnight and the touring company for a new play Nothing On struggles through a final dress rehearsal unprepared for an Opening Night that is only hours away. Actors forget lines and where to put their props, the stage managers cope with mounting disasters, and the director is driven to hair-pulling exasperation.

Bakersfield Mist (Audio Described)

5 August 2017 - IMB Theatre, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, 2 Burelli St.Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW
Maude (Julie Nihill), an unemployed bartender, bought a painting for a few bucks from an ‘op shop’. Despite almost trashing it, she now thinks it’s a Jackson Pollock worth millions. In fact, she’s certain it is. But when world-class art expert Lionel Percy (Gold Logie Award-winner John Wood) flies over from New York and arrives at her trailer park home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he really has no idea what he’s about to discover.

Miss Saigon

5 August 2017 - Corner market and Church Street, Parramatta, NSW
A tragedy of passion and beauty Miss Saigon is one of the most stunning theatrical spectacles of all time. Nominated for an incredible number of Olivier, Tony and Drama Desk Awards, Miss Saigon is the second massively successful offering from the creators of Les Misérables, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil.

Disney’s Aladdin the musical

20 August 2017 - 219 Exhibition St, Melbourne, Vic
Broadway’s biggest new hit! From the producer of The Lion King and Mary Poppins, the beloved story of Aladdin comes to thrilling theatrical life in this bold new musical comedy. The New York Times says it’s “Fabulous!” and “Extravagant!” and USA Today calls it “Pure Genie-us!” With exhilarating choreography, show-stopping production number and astonishing visual effects, Disney’s ALADDIN is exactly what you wished for! Audio Described Sunday 20 August 6:30pm. Her Majesties Theatre Melbourne Tickets call 03 9662 957, pleases mention Audio Description when booking _______________________________________________________________ For further information, or to join our mailing list to keep you up to date with the latest inclusions throughout the season please call Vision Australia on 1300 84 74 66 or email Michael.Ward@visionaustralia.org

Hello Goodbye (Audio Described)

2 September 2017 - IMB Theatre, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, 2 Burelli St.Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW
Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday celebrates two epic birthdays – eighteen and eighty, the major transition points in adult life. One represents untold potential; the other, the accumulation of a lifetime of experiences.

Di and Viv and Rose – Melbourne Theatre Company (Audio Described)

5 September 2017 - Southbank Theatre, The Sumner, Melbourne, VIC
Di, Viv and Rose would never have crossed paths if they hadn’t shared a flat all those years ago at university. For a while, the laughs and the troubles bound them together. But surely time, which delivers triumph, disaster and change so unequally and unpredictably, will slowly draw these three women apart.

The Wharf Review

8 September 2017 - Corner market and Church Street, Parramatta, NSW
Holding the balance of laughter. Australians all let us rejoice for the return of The Wharf Revue. The unstoppable comedic minds of Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott have been keeping the nation’s political and cultural leaders on their metaphorical toes since before Sydney hosted the Olympics.

The Wharf Revue 2017 (Audio Described)

16 September 2017 - Canberra Theatre , Canberra, ACT
Australians all let us rejoice for the return of The Wharf Revue. The unstoppable comedic minds of Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott have been keeping the nation’s political and cultural leaders on their metaphorical toes since before Sydney hosted the Olympics.

Lip Service (Audio Described)

21 September 2017 - 78 McDougall St, Kirribilli , NSW
In John Misto’s uproarious new play, Rubenstein’s astonishing career is charted from humble beginnings in country Victoria to the intoxicating heights of international success.

The Black Rider Victorian Opera (Audio Described)

22 September 2017 - Merlyn Theatre, The Coopers Malthouse, Melbourne, VIC
One of the most iconic pieces of avant garde theatre since it premiered in 1990. Finding its roots in German folktale Der Freischütz (also the basis for Weber’s opera), the story follows a file clerk’s desperation to prove his worth by entering a Faustian pact. However, the Devil’s bargain is always a fool’s bargain. An allegory of addiction, the plot mirrors the tragic events of Burroughs’ own life.

Kinky Boots (audio described)

23 September 2017 - QPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Don’t miss the musical that has captured the hearts of Broadway and the West End.

Hay Fever – Melbourne Theatre Company (Audio Described)

17 October 2017 - Southbank Theatre, The Sumner, Melbourne, VIC
Although decidedly odd, the Bliss family can be perfectly charming when they want to be. It is just that, on this blighted weekend, each has invited a guest to stay at their house in the country without telling any of the others. So dashed inconsiderate! And for their poor guests, perfect agony!

Merchant of Venice (Audio Described)

21 October 2017 - Canberra Theatre , Canberra , ACT
This uncompromising and dark production explores the tense relationship and prejudices between those that have, and those that have not. Dark in its humour and bawdy in its romantic hijinks, The Merchant of Venice takes audiences on a journey of love, mercy and justice.

Buyer and Cellar (Audio Described)

2 November 2017 - 78 McDougall St , Kirribilli , NSW
A one-man tour-de-force, Jonathan Tolins’ award-winning comedy about hero worship and celebrity is poignant, classy and full of laughs – just like the Funny Girl herself.

The Popular Mechanicals (Audio Described)

4 November 2017 - Canberra Theatre , Canberra, ACT
Shakespeare’s greatest clowns – the rude mechanicals from A Midsummer Night’s Dream – take centre-stage in this wild reimagining of what might have happened off-stage during the Bard’s most loved comedy. Perhaps the most famous group of amateur thespians of all time, the cast of the play-within-a-play Pyramus and Thisbe, bumble their way through rehearsals, somehow surviving the misadventures brought on by their own sheer idiocy. The result is a riotously funny mix of Shakespearean verse, songs and dance that is lewd, rude and ingenious. Clowning, vaudeville, slapstick, farce, stand-up comedy and some hilarious puppetry come together to create an unhinged feast of wit.

Diving for Pearls (Audio Described)

4 November 2017 - IMB Theatre, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, 2 Burelli St.Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW
With the town she grew up in changing all around her, Barbara is determined to change with it. Dreaming of a way out, she sets her sights on a job at one of the new resorts popping up all over town. Meanwhile, Den is having change forced upon him. The steelworks he’s worked at his whole life has been sold and Den must reinvent himself to survive. The arrival of Barbara’s daughter, Verge, just might be the thing that tips Barbara and Den over the edge.

The Kitchen Sink (Audio Described)

8 November 2017 - 78 McDougall St , Kirribilli , NSW
The Kitchen Sink is a touching and irresistible comedy from one of the UK’s finest young writers, a richly woven story about finding the courage to face change, and the enduring strength of family bonds

Diving for Pearls

11 November 2017 - Corner market and Church Street, Parramatta, NSW
Katherine Thomson’s story about aspiration and reinvention is one of the great Australian plays. Set in Wollongong during the economic rationalism of the ‘80s, Diving for Pearls remains startlingly relevant – the political decisions of that time planted the seeds of divide we continue to witness between those with opportunity, and those without.

The Merry Widow – Opera Australia (Audio Described)

19 November 2017 - Arts Center Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC
The Merry Widow is a delicious confection: a light-hearted look at love amid the champagne and glitter of Art Deco France. Ladies sweep into ballrooms in silk fishtail gowns, and dapper gents in suits and patent leather shoes kiss your hand and fill up your dance card.

The Father – Melbourne Theatre Company (Audio Described)

28 November 2017 - Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio, Melbourne, VIC
There’s definitely something fishy going on. You can’t fool André, and while he may be eighty years old and apt, on occasion, to forget things, they are only ever small things. Such as where he’s put his watch. It doesn’t explain why people are messing around with things in his flat, and why his daughter keeps contradicting herself. And it doesn’t explain why she allows strangers to come in and threaten him. No, something’s going on and he’ll get to the bottom of it

Scenes from a Marriage (audio described)

30 November 2017 - Playhouse, QPAC, Brisbane, QLD
Joanna Murray-Smith’s fiery adaptation of the Ingmar Bergman classic reunites her with Queensland Theatre’s new Associate Artistic Director Paige Rattray (Switzerland).

Vivid White (Audio Described)

12 December 2017 - Southbank Theatre, The Sumner, Melbourne, VIC
Liz and Ben have known Cynthia and Evan for years and would never let anything get in the way of their friendship. Except. When the couples each set their sights on buying the same house – well, that’s different. Forget friendship, forget respect, forget human decency: this is the property market.
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