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Craig Gallivan and the kids cast of School Of Rock (Photo: Manuel Harlan)

Craig Gallivan and the kids cast of School Of Rock (Photo: Manuel Harlan)

The GalaPro app is bringing theatre to all

Carly-Ann Clements

By Carly-Ann Clements First Published 15 April 2019, Last Updated 15 April 2019

Mobile phones are usually frowned upon in the theatre, but they might just be the future of live entertainment. In an effort to make theatre more accessible and to promote equal access and inclusivity, GalaPro – the global developer of automated accessibility and translation technology for live shows – is making its way to UK and London theatres for the first time.

Via the mobile interface or using the Epson Moverio smart glasses, users can access on-demand, automated accessibility and language translations services for any performance. It will provide closed captions, amplification, audio description and language translation meaning that as well as offering a solution for people who are visually or hearing impaired, it’ll open up theatre to those who aren’t native English speakers.

The GalaPro on-demand technology includes speech recognition technology developed with the theatre company to ensure all content is provided in real-time. Plus, as the app is designed specifically for theatre, it doesn’t disturb the show! Especially when used with the smart glasses as the live captioning appears in your eyeline meaning you don’t have to look away from the stage.

Earlier this year, GalaPro went for a test drive at a performance of School Of Rock where users were able to use the new technology and experience the show in a brand new way. We’re yet to try it out ourselves but we’re excited about the possibilities it brings to Theatreland.

To find out more about theatre accessibility, visit out Access London Theatre page.

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