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, entitled "Promoting AD Services" which explores ways of promoting and enhancing audio description services, along with looking at the potential of social media for marketing audio description. and the valuable contributions volunteers bring in the role of customer care assistants.  

Starting at 2pm, tickets for ADA members £25, for non Members £35. Enquiries via or see the latest edition of NOTE PAD for details. Bookings close 20th November.

  • Tuesday 27th March 2018, Venue - Theatre Royal Nottingham, The subject is TBC..

ADA's Workshop on Describing Burlesque at the Grand Theatre Blackpool, was a huge success and the discussion on Recorded AD can be read on the attachment which includes an audio link. ADA workshops are very much a valuable asset to all members not just to refresh or developed skills but also to network. Why not join us at the next workshop and see for yourself..

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. 

Click here for the AUDIO versionb of Recorded AD.

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