testimonials | wevoices

“In collaboration with voice artiste and experienced audio 

describer Willie Elliott, StopGAP are leading the field in audio

described contemporary dance." 

Stopgap Dance Theatre

“Just quietly, not only is Willie Elliott a world renowned audio 

describer, he is also one of the loveliest people on the planet" 

Adelaide International Festival

“For me, I’ve been blind all my life, so over fifty odd years. 

This is a new experience for me and it’s bringing a whole new 

world of... happiness, really. 

It makes me want to go out and go to more theatre and   

productions, more.”

Audience member. Adelaide Festival.

“As someone who has a relatively mild vision impairment and 

who works in dance, I did wonder wether I would find the 

audio description complimentary, or distracting. 

But it really enhanced my experience of the show. 

And I did try turning it off just to see what it was like without it 

for a little while and I missed it...  immensely.”

Audience member. Adelaide Festival.

“This was Mrs. O'Rielly's second time attending an opera (her 

first was Madama Butterfly when she was 14 and she is now 85). 

She said yesterday evening was the best night of her life and 

said both Willie and Margaret led her on a wonderful journey 

throughout the opera!”

Opera North.

“What did really make it for me, as a piece of theatre, though, 

was William Elliot’s audio-description. 

What a dream come true for any audio-describer, to have a 

dialogue-free theatre piece to play with! 

Elliott took up the challenge. And in his gentle dulcet tones he 

guided his audience by headset, through the movement, with 

a joyful, subtle and effective interpretation. 

I have a mental condition that makes concentration extremely

difficult due to an accumulation of intrusive thoughts. And so 

the audio-description helps focus and became a vehicle to 

allow a deeper appreciation of what was overall a satisfying 

and enjoyable piece of theatre.”

Review of Blind Man’s Song produced by 

Theatre Re.

“...it really added to my experience of the show. I was 

surprised how much more I was able to relax into to visuals 

because of the guide in my ear. He really did capture the 

delicacy of some moments exquisitely”.

Audience member. Blind Man’s Song.

"Willie started his Audio Describer career with Graeae 

Theatre and has described numerous productions for us.

He created a whole new landscape of doing outdoor work, 

circus and physical theatre which is theatrically in keeping 

with the production but never compromising on the access for 

Blind and visually impaired audiences.

Willie led Graeae's first ever training programme with Alex 

Bulmer for emerging audio describers. It was challenging, 

thorough, playful and open. 

He is an excellent trainer, full of wisdom and reflection of his 

own journey, the mistakes and the triumphs (not least doing 

London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony).  

He allows people to find their natural voice and writing skill, 

then he hones their understanding and delivery.

If you want to know anything about audio description - you go 

to Willie Ellliott."

Jenny Sealey. Artistic Director, Graeae Theatre Company.

"In 2011 I attended an audio description training course with 

Willie Elliott in Adelaide, Australia. 

"Willie’s rigorous, nuanced and fascinating training not only 

equipped me with the skills to commence working as a 

describer but also instilled in me a passion for equity in 

arts practice which has informed my career ever since.

Willie was instrumental in training a cohort of audio 

describers in Adelaide, which in turn enabled us to establish 

Australia’s first, professional audio description service for the 

performing arts. 

His return visit to Adelaide in 2012 allowed the pool of local 

describers to grow and for those of us who trained in 2011 to enhance our descriptive skills.

Since 2011, I have appreciated Willie’s ongoing support, 

encouragement and advice and have benefited enormously 

from his generosity, as well as his unique ability to deliver 

feedback and advice which is both frank and friendly."

Lara Torr.  Manager, Community programmes. 

South Australian Museum.

© William Elliott 2020