This week is Captioning Awareness Week, which is organised by Stagetext. Captioning makes theatre accessible to deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people, which is something we’re keen to work on here at Guildhall. Last year, one of our Stage Management students captioned our production of ‘Great Expectations’ and as part of our production of ‘The Cherry Orchard’ earlier this term, third year Stage Management student Ben Cook worked on audio description and a touch tour for the performance for his grad project.
A touch tour is part of the theatre experience for blind or partially sighted theatre goers. It provides access to the stage, props and costume before the performance, so that people can explore the space and be provided with extra details about the elements of the production. Audio description is a narrator talking through the production through a headset, describing what is happening onstage to those who are blind or partially sighted.
Stagetext are a charity providing captioning to theatres and arts venues to help make the performing arts accessible and improve access to people who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing. To read more about their work and see how you can get involved, go to http://www.stagetext.org/
One way that you can get involved in Captioning Awareness Week is to upload the following image to social media, with your reason why you’re a Captioning Hero in the box. More information on ways to get involved are at http://www.stagetext.org/captioning-awareness-week or using #CAPaware17