IELTS® Listening Practice 116

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(Section 2: You will hear a tour guide briefing a group of visitors on travel arrangements. First, you will have some time to look at questions 11 to 15 [20 seconds]. Listen carefully and answer questions 11 to 15.)

Perfect. I've almost finished making all the arrangements for our tour. It's time I get you up to speed on our plans.

If you recall, we have a flight to Sydney on Monday the 4th, so we're travelling there first.

Our flight is scheduled for 11.30. Since it's not exactly lunchtime, we won't be having lunch at the airport. Instead, let us simply get some coffee there at 10. This will give us enough time to have a decent breakfast at home.

Upon our arrival in Sydney, Jimmy Bauer will meet us at the airport. He's the employee of our tour operator, and he'll be accompanying us throughout our stay in Sydney. Jimmy has already made the necessary arrangements with the staff of the theatres that we're attending. And he has organized an afternoon excursion for us at the National Theatre in Sydney, that we'll be visiting at some point during our stay and where an officer will show us around the theatre.

Moving on. During our previous discussion of the trip, I had no information about how much our accommodation would cost. Now I do, though. The hotel that we'll be staying at charges 150 AUD per night for a twin room. Initially, I was hoping that bargaining with the hotel would help lower the price to 120 AUD . But luckily, I've managed to negotiate the price of only 110 AUD . This will reduce the total amount that you'll have to pay. Please, don't forget to pay it by the end of this week.

On Tuesday, the day after we arrive, a bus trip southward from Sydney will be awaiting us – to a phenomenal castle in the mountainous region there. At first, I wanted us to go to a rehearsal at some local theatre, but sadly trying to arrange it turned into a very gruelling endeavour.

From there, on Tuesday evening, we'll dine together in a restaurant that's close to where our hotel is. By now, all of you have specified your food preferences. And it's clear that most local restaurants aren't suitable for some of you because they have too many meals involving meat. It is for this reason that I've made our reservation at a Lebanese restaurant. Though some of you proposed an Italian one, we have a wealth of Italian restaurants back home.

At noon on Wednesday, we'll pay a visit to the theatre and talk with the director of the play that we'll be attending the same evening. She'll let us in on the intricacies of producing a play, describing how she picks the actors or works with the playwrights when the plays are modern – like the one that we'll be seeing.

(Before you hear the rest of the talk, you will have some time to look at questions 16 to 20 [20 seconds]. Now, listen and answer questions 16 to 20.)

Splendid. Let us now go over the plays that we'll be attending. The points that I'm going to make will give you a hint about what kind of clothes you'll be better off having with you.

The play on Wednesday evening will be modern, and we'll be attending its première. Hence, most people there will probably be dressed up. You don't have to wear formal clothes, though. It's my understanding that the play will use a combination of media, namely electronic music background and stunning lighting effects. Sadly, the playwright has fallen sick and most likely won't make it to the opening.

As for the play that we're attending on Thursday, it came out past year – when it was officially requested and then performed for the first time to commemorate the one hundred year anniversary of a prominent scientist's birth in the town. We'll have the opportunity to see the return of this fascinating play.

The play that we'll be seeing on Friday is going to be a challenge in terms of picking the clothes to wear – it will be taking place in a palace garden. This place is gorgeous. But it may get really windy there, so choose your clothes wisely.

On Saturday, another bus trip awaits us – this time to a theatre in town next to Sydney. There, the opening of a drama festival will be taking place, with all the major town officials including the mayor being present. Following the show, the mayor is organizing a welcoming party for all the guests of the festival. There will also be traditional music of the region playing.

Our trip programme allows for a day off on Sunday. Then, on Monday, we'll be attending one more play. Set in the venerable Town Hall that goes back to the 14th century, the play will essentially celebrate the half of century that its lead actor will have spent performing on stage. Fifty years ago, this play turned into his professional début on stage.

And our flight back home will be on the day that follows. Feel free to ask questions, if you have any at this point, otherwise I…

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