ADA’s workshops offer describers valuable networking opportunities as well as a chance to develop their expertise.  They are held 3-4 times per year, alternating between London and regional venues and focus on specific topics.

A typical half-day workshop includes a presentation by a specialist in the field (for example, choreographer, fight director, theatre designer, curator), contributions by experienced describers and audio description users, and group work followed by feedback.

Recent workshops have included:  Describing Dance; Fights; Set and Costume Design; Recording Introductions to Audio Described Performances and Audio Description for the Visual Arts.

Maximum number of participants: 12-20 (depending on topic and facilities required)

Fee:    £20 - £40 per participant (depending on room hire charges).  Membership discounts apply.

For further information, contact ADA’s training coordinator:


ADA's workshops are social, fun and insightful ways to develope and refresh skills and ideal as part of a Describers personal development programme.

  • Monday 27th November 2017, Venue - Birmingham Hippodrome, TBC
  • Tuesday 27th March 2018, Venue - Theatre Royal Nottingham, TBC


ADA's last Workshop was Describing Burlesque at the Grand Theatre Blackpool.

Working with Millie Dollar, the Burlesque and Striptease performer who joined us to perform one of her routines and kindly allowed us to “freeze” her movements while we discussed best, and the correct terminology to describe her movements, body language, facial expressions and her wonderful outfits. A tantalising taste of true titillation! 

There are filmed excerpts from this workshop available to ADA Members for a small cost.  Please contact Anne Hornsby, at for details.