Theatre

Perth’s Shakespeare in the Park features an audio described session

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Shakespeare WA has paired up with the Association for the Blind WA to bring A Comedy of Errors to blind and vision impaired theatre fans. A special session of the comedy will be held on 1 February with audio description to convey the visual elements of the performance.

The Association jumped at the chance to be part of such a significant initiative for those who are blind and vision impaired after they were approached by the theatre company, said Dr Margaret Crowley, Chief Executive Officer.


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The Captioning Studio wins Human Rights Award

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A captioning services provider has won a Human Rights Award for its contribution to the inclusion of people with hearing loss. The Australian Human Rights Commission awarded The Captioning Studio in the business category.

The Human Rights Awards are held annually and are recognised across the government, business and not-for-profit sectors as an important accolade. The Captioning Studio was awarded for its innovations in captioning technology, increasing access to theatre, education and much more for people who are Deaf or hearing impaired.

Nari Jennings, co-founder of The Captioning Studio, spoke about her family history of deafness, and the passion this gives her for promoting access to arts. 


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Sydney Festival provides captioned and audio described performances

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Sydney siders will have the chance to see open captioned and audio described performances as part of the annual Sydney Festival, held from 7-29 January.

Performances with audio description include Beautiful Burnout at the Seymour Centre, West Side Story at Sydney Opera House and Buried City at the Belvoir St Theatre. One session of each will be audio described via headsets for people who are blind or vision impaired.

Beautiful burnout and ‘Tis pity she’s a whore will be available with open captions for selected performances.


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Sydney’s iconic Belvoir St Theatre announces 2012 accessible performances

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One of Australia’s most enduring theatre companies, Belvoir, has announced audio described and captioned performances for 2012.

In working to ensure all its visitors have the same experience, Belvoir St Theatre will produce a number of accessible performances for next year’s season and has a priority booking service in place for these tickets.


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