This week has seen numerous casts and venues celebrate Captioning Awareness Week, taking place between 14 to 19 November, by ‘putting their name in the frame.’
Supporting the 11 million people in the UK who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing, Captioning Awareness Week aims to promote captioned access to the arts through social media and beyond.
The initiative is led by Stagetext, a charity that provides captioning at arts venues across the UK. They hope to transform people’s theatrical and cultural experiences by spreading awareness of captions and live subtitles in theatre. The initiative has been supported by arts organisations across the country, as well as some of Theatreland’s most famous faces, spreading the message via social media:
— Wicked UK (@WickedUK) November 14, 2016
— Almeida Theatre (@AlmeidaTheatre) November 15, 2016
Damien Molony, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Owen Teale supporting Captioning Awareness Week.
The cast of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time supporting Captioning Awareness Week.
The cast of Comus supporting Captioning Awareness Week.
… and we also joined in!
— UK Theatre (@uk_theatre) November 15, 2016
The Society of London Theatre supporting Captioning Awareness Week.
You can find a list of upcoming captioned performances in London here. We also produce a free, tri-annual brochure listing audio-described, captioned, signed and relaxed performances taking place across the capital. Find out more here.