Touch Tour Training, Part One: Motionhouse, WILD

Access & Diversity

Developing a touch tour to offer at outdoor festivals from summer 2020 onwards

In Autumn 2019, the Without Walls Access Advisor, Alex Covell (Engagement & Access Producer at FESTIVAL.ORG) liaised with Without Walls-supported companies to examine ways in which their shows could address barriers to access for D/deaf and disabled audiences.

One of the areas of interest that arose from these conversations was looking at how outdoor companies could offer a richer experience for blind or visually impaired audiences. 

This led to devising two training sessions which included introductions to visual impairment awareness and etiquette, guidelines for running a touch tour as well as several practical descriptions and guiding exercises.

The first session, touch tour training for Motionhouse’s outdoor show WILD took place in January 2020 and was delivered by Anne Hornsby from Mind’s Eye, at Motionhouse’s studio in Leamington Spa. 

The training was attended by all the members of the company, including directors and performers as well as production, communication, engagement, education and fundraising colleagues.

'It will really help us to develop our tour - I feel much more aware and confident now.'

Training participant

'I understand what touch tours look like and the importance of strong/vivid descriptions and individual experiences of the show/set. Hugely valuable and very interesting!'

Training participant