Touch tour: Jungle Book magic behind the scenes

Visually impaired Martha Shakespeare, eight, from Otley joined over 100 other youngsters.
Visually impaired Martha Shakespeare, eight, from Otley joined over 100 other youngsters.
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A touch tour of props and instruments used in a play of the Jungle Book has given visually impaired children an insight into the production.

Martha Shakespeare aged 8, of Otley, was one of more than 100 other youngsters who are blind or partially sighted and their families and school groups on the backstage tour at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds.

The tour, which was organised by Action for Blind People, also saw Martha meeting the cast prior to the show.

Action for Blind People organises a range of activities and events for children and young people with sight loss, including its popular Actionnaires clubs, for 4-16 year olds. They give visually impaired children opportunities to take part in social activities, boosting self-esteem and confidence.

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