Many shows here have either a touch tour or audio description or both. Touch tours usually take place before the performance starts and allow you to explore the stage and props and sometimes meet the actors. Audio description explains the action and scenery on stage. Volunteer buddies/guides are available if you speak to the theatre in advance to assist with finding your seat, getting refreshments at the interval, leaving at the end or even sitting through the performance with you. Companion tickets are available for free using a Hynt card and Sherman members pay only £5 for each performance. Apply on line for a Hynt card here: https://www.hynt.co.uk/en/join/apply/ Apply to join the Sherman 5 scheme by calling 029 2064 6900 Guide dogs are welcome in the show or they can be looked after in the office with prior notice.
If not already a member, Call the Sherman to join Sherman 5 on 029 2064 6900 If you do not have one already, apply for a Hynt card: https://www.hynt.co.uk/en/join/apply Call the Box Office to book a ticket for yourself and your companion if required (and using a Hynt card). Remember to say that you are a member of Sherman 5 and let them know your seating requirments e.g. near the front, in a good position for audio description reception. If you do not have a companion/guide coming with you but would like assistance, ask if they can arrange for a volunteer to be available to assist and let them know the type of assistance you would like. If the show has a touch tour, remember to book on the touch tour as well as to the show itself. If there is audio description, book a headset. If you have a guide dog, let the Box Office know so they can make sure there is space by your seat or so that they can book a space in the office. When you arrive, collect your headset from the Box Office and make sure you know how it works and which channel it should be on.
Sherman 5 membership is free and there are a limited number of Sherman 5 tickets available for each performance. A Sherman 5 ticket will cost only £5. A Hynt card entitles you to a free companion ticket and sometimes a discount if you are not bringing a companion. This is free and lasts 3 years. You can apply on line (https://www.hynt.co.uk/en/join/apply/) or contact cib for assistance. A photo is needed and evidence of a disability requiring assistance is required and specified on the application form.
The main entrance is on Senghennydd road (next door to the back entrance of the students’ union. Cathays station is about 300 metres away. The platform for town is on the Sherman side. Currently there is no lift at the station and the stairs are open and made of wood which can be slippery. Bus numbers 95 and 35 stop outside the front entrance of the students’ union on Park Place at the University stop. The students’ union is open 24 hours a day and they are happy for the public to cut through the building using the lifts or stairs. There is a reception desk opposite the front door of the union and porters are happy to help show you the way.