Toneelhuis considers it important for everybody to be able to enjoy what we offer. That’s why we make an effort to ensure that productions are accessible to those with a handicap.
In a wheelchair?
You can use seats reserved for this purpose in a box on the first balcony. These seats are accessible by lift and are near specially outfitted restrooms.
Deaf or hard at hearing?
If you have a hearing aid, you can use the inductance loop in the Bourla. This cordless system enables you to listen to the sounds on stage directly in your hearing aid. Those wishing to use the inductance loop should reserve seats in the pit, rows 1-12.
If you are deaf or have a hearing impairment, you can use a ‘vibrating chair’. This is a cushion on your seat that transmits vibrations, making words and music perceptible.
Blind or visually impaired?
For the blind and visually impaired, Toneelhuis offers audio descriptions (AD) during Sunday afternoon matinees.
Evening shows are also accessible for people with a visual impairment. A spoken introduction to every new Toneelhuis production, including a description of the set and costumes, can be found at a listening station in the entrance hall.
AD is a technique that makes a theatre performance accessible for visually impaired people. Extra information about what is happening on stage but is not obvious in the dialogue is given through headphones.
Before every matinee there is an introduction, in which the actors introduce themselves so that you know which voice goes with which character. During the performance, you can follow the audio description through headphones.
Introduction always given at 2 PM in the entrance hall of the Bourla. The show starts at 3 PM.
Escorts are admitted for free. If you have a guide dog, please let us know.
Need an escort?
Volunteers from the non-profit organisation Inter provide assistance and escort people with an impairment from a central meeting point in Antwerp’s Central Station to the Bourla and back again. Appointment: 1 hour and 15 minutes before the show begins.
Toneelhuis realises accessibility for the impaired with the help of the non-profit organisations Inter, VeBeS (Licht en liefde), AHOSA and Onder Ons. In collaboration with the TricS research group (Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies) at the University of Antwerp, Toneelhuis keeps abreast of new developments in the area of audio description.
Do you have specific needs? If you let us know when you make your reservation, we will do our best to make your theatre visit as pleasant as possible.
For more information please contact:
Maya Van Puymbroeck
03 224 88 33