Access Programme 2016

The below shows have performances that are either New Zealand Sign Language Interpreted or Audio Described. Please click the link to find out more about each show.

Dead Dog In A Suitcase

The performance on Monday 29 February at 7pm will be Audio Described. There will be a Touch Tour of the show prior to the event. Please see below for further information.

Complexity of Belonging

The performance on Sunday 13 March at 1.30pm will be New Zealand Sign Language Interpreted.

Do I Belong Here? (Artist Talk)

Chunky Move (Australia)
Thursday 10 March, 1pm

Te Pō

The performance on Thursday 3 March at 7.30pm will be New Zealand Sign Language Interpreted.


English surtitles will be projected onto the stage area as all dialogue within this show is in Spanish.


If you have particular seating requirements such as wheelchair access, hearing difficulties or you require companion seating, please phone Ticketek on 0800 842 538. If you have any questions about accessibility or problems making a booking, please contact the Festival's Ticketing team direct.

Transport information

Find accessible parking and public transport options in Wellington on our Getting Around page.

Physical access

All venues have limited wheelchair seating. Designated wheelchair spaces (where available) are sold at the lowest non-restricted view price in the house for that performance. We also offer one companion seat per wheelchair space at the same price. More information about the access available at specific venues can be found on our Venues page.

For all events that do not have allocated seating (listed as General Admission), please inform the Front of House staff on arrival should you require assistance with mobility, such a Wheelchair allocation. Alternatively, please inform Ticketek via 0800 842 538 to inform them.

Hearing Support

There are hearing loops available at the Michael Fowler Centre and St James Theatre. Please inform ticketing staff when booking if you wish to sit in a certain area of the venue.

NZSL/Audio Description

A selection of our shows, as listed above, have sessions that are New Zealand Sign Language Interpreted or Audio Described. These sessions are noted below the dates on the relevant event pages.

An allocation of seats have been reserved close to the NZSL interpreter and within range of the Audio Description, where available. These seats are sold at the lowest non-restricted view price in the house for that performance. We also offer one companion seat per seat booked seat, at the same price. 

To book these seats call Ticketek on 0800 842 538 or email for assistance in booking online. 

Audio Description is auditory narration that is particularly useful for patrons who are blind or vision impaired, with visual elements (such as scenes, settings, actions and costumes) described during gaps in dialogue. Allocated seats within range of the audio describer will be made available, please contact for more information prior to booking. 

There will be a Touch-Tour for the show at 5:30pm on the day of the Audio Described show for Dead Dog In a Suitcase. This is a great chance to get a feel for the show, where you will be guided on stage and have the chance to engage one-on-one with the props, set and characters of the show.

 You will receive more information about this prior to booking your ticket, however, please contact for any further information.

Trouble reading the small print?

Our Festival programme brochure is also available as a Word document in simple large print, or a screen reader-friendly PDF. To request a copy of either, please contact the Festival.

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Arts Access Aotearoa

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