Birmingham Arena recently offered an Audio-Described performance of Marvel Live

The Arena Birmingham recently partnered with VocalEyes, an organisation that strives to spread awareness to make live shows and events more inclusive for people with a visual impairment, to introduce an audio-described performance of Marvel Universe Live.

The performance featured a digital radio system, which had a good quality reception with a range of between 50-100 metres. To access this performance, headsets were available for each visitor to use.

Claire Eccles, who wrote in to the Arena to request Audio Description, said:

“It meant so much to my family that we were able to enjoy Marvel Universe LIVE! with audio description. My sons are both severely visually impaired and love coming to live events, but it’s often hard for them to work out what’s going on. I try my best to explain but it’s difficult.

“The smiles when they put the headsets on said it all. They can’t stop talking about the fantastic time they had – it made such a difference to their experience. I can only hope more local venues will follow suit.”

Emma Ball, Operations Manager at Arena Birmingham, said:

“Here at Arena Birmingham and Resorts World Arena, we put a relentless focus on ensuring our world-class entertainment is as accessible as possible for our broad and varied audiences. Over the past year we’ve worked hard to introduce British Sign Language Interpreters to some of our shows, and Audio Description was the next logical step. 

“Partnering with VocalEyes has allowed us to do something really exciting – use innovative technology to create a better experience for our visually-impaired customers. We hope this will be the start of many more assisted performances in our Arenas.”

Michael Kenyon from VocalEyes added: 

“We believe that blind and partially sighted people should have the best possible opportunities to experience and enjoy both the arts and heritage, and it’s great to work with a venue the size of Arena Birmingham to offer Audio Description to even bigger audiences. They are the first arena to come on board with us and to be able to help bring a show of this scale to life is very exciting for us.”