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Schools Access at Riverside

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Riverside Theatres is committed to providing access to our educational arts experiences for all students and teachers. This includes students and teachers with disability and specific needs.

Please add your access requirements or requests when completing your online booking form.

Access points are indicators that let you know aspects of a production that may provide groups with a higher level of engagement related to their needs. There are 5 access points.

interactive performance logoInteractive Performance
High levels of audience interaction creating a less formal environment and requiring less ‘passive’ attention by audience members.

language none logoLanguage: None
No text or dialogue is used in this performance.

language easy logoLanguage: Easy
The text or dialogue used in this production is limited or simple.

music logoMusic
This production has a strong music focus.

visual cues logoVisual Cues
This production has strong visual cues giving students a different reference point for comprehension of the narrative or subject matter.

For each production we have indicated the venue within Riverside Theatres that the event will take place in. This helps you understand what the experience of the venue is like for seeing, hearing and entering the space. All the theatres use the same foyer area.

Riverside Theatre: 761 seats with 534 seats in the stalls (ground level). This is the biggest space with a high ceiling, balcony seating, red chairs and a raised stage. Shows in this venue will be the biggest and busiest. There is level seating/ wheelchair access in row P, around the middle of the stalls.

Lennox Theatre: Seats 213 people and is a large black box theatre space with a high ceiling, black floor and curtains. The seating is tiered and goes back 10 rows, with stair access to all but the first row. Wheelchair access is available in the first row. The black space allows different sets to become the focus of the space.

Raffertys Theatre: Seats 88 people and is a smaller version of Lennox Theatre.

We believe it is important to ensure all students have the opportunity to participate and enjoy going to the theatre. Specific accessible performances include Auslan Interpreted, Audio Described and Relaxed Performances. However, if you have a group requiring any of these access options for an event other than the ones we have on offer, please let us know and we will endeavour to accommodate your request.

wheelchair accessible logoWHEELCHAIR AND LEVEL ACCESS
Riverside offers level access and space for wheelchairs in all venues. Please let us know if you need level access or a wheelchair space at the time of your booking.

hearing loop logoHEARING SYSTEM
Riverside has state-of-the-art hearing systems in all three theatres to assist patrons who are hearing impaired. Patrons can choose from a single ear earpiece, a neck loop attached to their own hearing aid or their own headphones, to amplify the sound from the stage. This system is adaptable for people with all types of hearing loss. Please indicate on your booking form if your group requires access to the headsets.

audio description logoAUDIO DESCRIPTION
Select performances are audio described for the benefit of patrons with low or no vision. Actions, expressions, gestures, sequences, costumes and scenery are described by professional describers. Blind and/or vision impaired patrons will hear the description through headsets.
This service is provided based on demand. If you require it for your group, please indicate this on your booking form. Due to the preparation involved, a minimum of 8 weeks’ notice is required.

tactile tours logo TACTILE TOURS

Held prior to a performance, these tours are arranged specifically for students and teachers who are blind or vision impaired. They give students and teachers the opportunity to tour the set, props and costumes up close and in context. Tours are by prior arrangement and are particularly relevant for productions being audio described.

auslan interpreted logoAUSLAN INTERPRETATION
Some productions are selected to be interpreted using Australian Sign Language (Auslan). This provides an opportunity for students or teachers who are Deaf to access the show. The aural cues that are essential to the storytelling and the theatrical experience are translated into sign language. Auslan interpreters are discreetly positioned for comfortable viewing by Deaf audiences.

relaxed performance logoRELAXED PERFORMANCES
Select performances throughout the year are provided as relaxed performances. These are sensory friendly performances where the perceived ‘rules’ of theatre are modified to allow patrons with Autism and other specific needs to enjoy the performance in a welcoming environment.

Modifications will differ depending on the show, but can include:

  • The house lights being dimmed, but not turned all the way down;
  • The understanding that patrons may come and go from the theatre as needed;
  • Elements of the show that might include loud noises or sudden bright lights being toned down or removed.


Social stories specific to relaxed performances are available to download from the appropriate show pages on our website. Upon request, we may be able to provide services other than those listed, to help make your groups visit more comfortable. These could include arranging a meet your seat or meet and greet with the cast, to allow your group time to become familiar with their surroundings. With notification, arrangements can be made for you to be seated early or near to an exit as an additional support measure.

Download a copy of our social stories for our venues here:

Riverside Social Story

Lennox Social Story

Raffertys Social Story

For further information or to book a performance you can reach Box Office by calling 02 8839 3399 or by emailing
Please add your access requirements or requests when completing your online booking form.

For further information on access contact Sophie Clausen, Program Coordinator – Access or 02 8839 3368.

Click here for our full Accessibility information.

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