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wevoices is dedicated to providing a high quality audio description service to the blind and partially sighted community.

Willie Elliott first started working as an audio describer in 2001 with Graeae Theatre Company in their production of ‘The Changeling’. He became a regular describer for Vocaleyes and regularly describes many productions in London’s weste end.  

He has worked on a wide variety of events from opera, ballet and drama to circus and live street events, such as the Liberty Festival.

For two years running, Willie travelled to Adelaide to spend time training describers and creating relationships with artists and to describe at the Adelaide International festival .

In 2012 Willie co-described the opening ceremony of the Paralympic games on More 4. This was the first time a live event was audio described on an open television channel, without the need to use the red button.  

In the same period, he described two productions connected with the Cultural Olympiade; ‘Breathe’, celebrated the opening of the sailing event in Weymouth and ‘Resonance at the Still Point of Change’, a song cycle, was performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London’s South Bank.

2014 brought the opening and closing ceremonies for the Winter Paralympics in March, described live for Channel 4.

Willie is part of the description team at the National Theatre and works alongside Sightlines, providing introductiory audio notes for the Royal Opera House, Royal Ballet and The English National Opera. 

Recently he worked on several dance pieces with The Place, developing integrated audio description for dance and was invited to Vienna for two years running, to describe at Impulzdance international festival.

“Audio description is not a fixed thing with a single approach. Every production is unique and the describer needs to be flexible enough to recognize the requirements for each.

© William Elliott 2018