From a young child’s first visit to a magical pantomime, the theatre holds a delight for so many of us.  However, if you have limited sight you may feel that the theatre is not for you. Perhaps you cannot read the programme, see the colours of the costumes or maybe the stage is just a blur. If this is the case for you or someone you know, worry no more, because your enjoyment of a production at the Devonshire Park Theatre can still be as good as it is for a sighted person, by using our Audio Description Service.

Eastbourne Theatres produce an Audio Brochure and if you collect one of these from the Box Office or indeed phone the theatre (on 01323 412000) to get one sent to you, you will be able to hear what is on at the theatre . The Audio Brochure will also tell you about the description times.

These are Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons for all the professional shows that last for the duration of the week. All these shows are marked with the Audio Description logo. You can also find information on Eastbourne Theatres’ web site (eastbournetheatres.co.uk), although please note that Audio Description is only available at the Devonshire Park Theatre.

Clicking on any of the images below will take you to that show’s page on the Eastbourne Theatres’ website where you will find full details of the production.

A list of the productions coming up in the next few months when this service will be available is given below.  If you are planning to bring a group of people to any of these Audio Described performances, it would be very helpful to have prior warning so that we can ensure that adequate resources are available.  We can be contacted on email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Please try to be in your seats 15 minutes before the curtain rises to ensure that you are able to listen to the important pre-amble!

Clicking on any of the images below will take you to that show on the Eastbourne Theatres’ website for more information about the production itself.

Bang Bang

Friday 24 April at 7.30pm
Sat 25 April at 2.30pm

The Kite Runner

Friday 1 May at 7.30pm
Sat 2 May at 2.30pm

Malory Towers

Friday 22 May at 7.30pm
Sat 23 May at 2.30pm

Using the Audio Description Service is easy. When you arrive at the theatre a member of the Audio Description Support Team will be in the foyer to welcome you. It is good to arrive at the theatre about 20 minutes before the show begins so we can settle you in your seat. You will be given a headset to wear. These are very easy to use and we will ensure that the settings are correct before the description begins.

Usually about ten minutes before the performance begins, the describer – who is sitting in a box at the back of the dress circle – will begin by describing the set for you. They will then describe the characters in the play and anything in the programme that might be of interest to you. During the performance they will tell you anything that is not explained by the actor’s dialogue.

We have received many positive comments about the Devonshire Park’s Audio Description Service, so please give it a try. We are sure that it will enhance your theatre-going experience and guide dogs are very welcome.

Posted December 14th, 2019

A reminder to all Friends of the first night Bar Receptions in the coming months.  These are held in the Theatre Bar unless otherwise stated.

Remember, as a Friend, you qualify for a 25% discount on tickets for these nights and the receptions offer a great opportunity to meet the cast in the informal setting of the bar – and perhaps have your photo taken with one of your favourite actors!

Please note we are no longer posting reports from these bar receptions on this website although you will find a picture of the cast taken at each reception.
To view more photographs,  click here   Facebook icon  to go to our Facebook page.  You do not need to have a Facebook account to view, but you will if you want to post a comment!

Click on any of the images below for more information about the production on the Eastbourne Theatres’ website. 

Dates below are for the
Bar Receptions

 

Bang Bang

Monday 20 April

The Kite Runner

Tuesday 28 April

Malory Towers

Tuesday 19 May

We are sorry, but these Receptions are only open to members of the Friends of the Devonshire Park Theatre.  Please see the Membership page of this website for details of how to join.

Posted January 25th, 2019

All the social, fundraising and promotional events over the coming few months, together with advance notice of some events further ahead are listed below.  For a complete list of what is going on at the Devonshire Park Theatre, please visit the theatres’ website.

Please refer to our Bar Receptions page for a list of all the Bar Receptions. This is updated as and when new productions are confirmed, so please do visit the page regularly to ensure that you don’t miss out!

If you are not already a member of The Friends of the Devonshire Park Theatre and would like to attend any of the members-only events listed below and enjoy all the other benefits of membership, please find out how you can join by clicking here.

Please click on any of the images below to enlarge for more detail
All events open to the public unless otherwise stated

Postponed until
Saturday
14 November 2020

Annual Dinner
& Cabaret

View Hotel
7 for 7.30pm

MEMBERS ONLY
Black Tie


Saturday
23 May 2020

Spring Fair

Cancelled


Thursday
16 July
2020 AGM
7 for 7.30pm

MEMBERS ONLY


Saturday
1 August 2020

Summer Garden
Party


 

Posted October 1st, 2018

Posted September 18th, 2018

Posted August 14th, 2018

Posted July 17th, 2018

Help us raise precious funds through the Eastbourne Lottery!

If you want the chance to win up to £25,000 and support our lovely theatre at the same time, why not support us through the local lottery. Tickets are £1 each and the weekly Saturday draws start on 16 June. Find out more and buy your tickets now at
https://www.eastbournelocallottery.co.uk/…/friends-of-the-d….

We will only benefit if you sign up through our page!

Posted June 4th, 2018

Posted May 15th, 2018