Musical theatre

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Music for the hearing impaired


Interior Design: Music for the Bionic Ear, a piece of music designed for people with hearing impairments, opens in February at the Fairfax Theatre, Arts Centre, in Melbourne.

The performance has been designed specifically for communicating music through cochlear implants that traditionally are unable to discern between music and generic sound.

Sound artist and composer Robin Fox led the team commissioned to create the composition, which was funded by the Australian Network for Art and Technology and run by Melbourne's Bionic Ear Institute, according to a report published in The Age online.

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Captions in the arts

Using captions allows a wider range of people to enjoy the theatre experience. Essential for the 4.5 million Australians who are Deaf or hearing impaired, captions are also beneficial for children and those who speak English as a second language.

Captions can also be useful for hearing theatre patrons, especially when the performance involves dialects or strong accents, when words are being sung or when actors are speaking and singing off-stage.

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Access and audience development reports released on Australian arts


Arts Access Australia has commissioned two reports on access and audience development in museums, galleries and the performing arts. The reports aim to assess what is currently being done, and what needs to be done, to increase access to the arts, highlighting the shared responsibility for access from all stakeholders involved in the Australian arts.

Some of the reports’ recommendations include:

  • That all funding authorities collaborate and share information and processes to ensure consistent and comparable collection and reporting of data about the participation and attendance of people with disabilities in the arts.

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