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Access, Season 1 2024

The arts for everyone

We are committed to making the arts accessible to everyone. Our Season 1 program features many shows with accessible performances, including Auslan Interpreted, Relaxed Elements, Tactile Tours and Audio Description.

Please check each event page for more access information including visual ratings and warnings.


Auslan Symbol 

An interpreter will stand on one side of the stage or speaker and live translate the text and dialogue into Auslan for these performances and events. 

ಒಡಲಾಳ Odalala Exhibition Opening 
Wed 3 April, 6.00pm 

Performance of Elyas Alavi’s ALAM/ مَلَ ع and Curator Tour
Sat 13 April, 6.30pm

ಒಡಲಾಳ Odalala  Artist Talk
Thu 18 April, 6.30pm

The Bridal Lament & Artist Talk 
Thu 16 May, 7.30pm   

GURR ERA OP & Artist Talk 
Thu 13 June, 7.30pm

Auslan on Request 

Please notify us 72 hours prior if you would like this service

Neighbourhood Gathering 
Wed 14 Feb, 10.30am – midday 

ನಿರೀಕ್ಷಣೆ nireekshane – Curator Talk & Tour 
Thu 21 March, 6.30pm – 8.00pm  

Tactile Tour and Audio Description

Audio describers provide verbal descriptions of actions, costumes, scenery and other visual elements of these performances via personal headsets. A pre-show tactile tour is offered for patrons who are blind or have low vision and their companions to explore the set, props and costumes prior to the performance.

Thu 22 February, 7.30pm  

Performance of Elyas Alavi’s ALAM/ مَلَ ع and Curator Tour
Sat 13 April, 6.30pm

Sat 8 June, 2.00pm

Relaxed Performance

These performances focus on adapting sensory elements like lighting and sound, making a show more accessible for a range of audiences. These are judgement-free zones and there is a relaxed attitude to audiences – everyone is free to respond, move, speak, or self-soothe in whatever way they need to enjoy the show. 

Sun 16 June, 5.00pm 

Relaxed Elements

These are not relaxed performances in the usual sense, audience members are welcome to come and go as they please, be themselves, make noise, stim and respond to the work for the duration.

Wed 20 – Sun 24 March, All shows 

Wed 12 – Sun 16 June, All shows 

ನಿರೀಕ್ಷಣೆ nireekshane Exhibition 
Fri 1 March – Sat 27 April

ಒಡಲಾಳ Odalala Exhibition  
Wed 3 April – Sat 27 April 

Mainit Illusion Exhibition 
Mon 19 Feb – Sat 23 March

For more information on Venue Accessibility, please click here. 

Should you have any queries, concerns or requests, please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling (03) 9322 3720; text 0447 570 178, or email artshouse@melbourne.vic.gov.au.


Image: I Am (Not) This Body by Leisa Prowd. Developed through The Warehouse Residency. Co-Presented with Melbourne Fringe as part of Season 2, 2023.

Image description: A woman of short stature is performing on stage. She is smiling wearing a red dress and gesturing towards the camera. Around her are mannequins of varying heights, some are dressed, some are standing on the floor. There are a few white sheets scattered around as well.