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The Captioning Studio announces new theatre project for kids

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GoTheatrical! Kids is a new project that aims to increase access to children’s theatre performances in Australia through captions.

An initiative of The Captioning Studio, GoTheatrical! Kids will work with arts venues nationally, supported by equipment sponsor Harvey Norman, to live caption productions in 2012 that are suitable for children from Year 3 to Year 12.


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Broadway theatre becomes autism friendly

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USA: The Broadway based Theatre Development Fund (TDF) is piloting a new program to make theatre accessible to audience members on the autism spectrum.

The Autism Theatre Initiative is part of TDF's Accessibility Programs and the inaugural performance will be of The Lion King at its matinee session on Sunday, 2 October. An advisory panel of autism experts are working with TDF to ensure the audience’s needs are met, and TDF has purchased every seat in the theatre to re-sell to families with members within the autism spectrum.


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Audio description at Melbourne Festival – all requests considered

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The annual Melbourne Festival has opened its entire program to the blind and vision impaired by inviting patrons to request audio description for the performance they wish to see.

By completing a request form in either a Word or PDF format, Melbourne Festival will consider submissions but would like patrons to know that some circumstances outside of its control, relating to a venue or the artistic company, may prevent audio description being offered.


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International accessible art professionals to give free lectures in Adelaide

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This August, Adelaide will play host to the British audio describer, Willie Elliot, and artistic director, Daryl Beeton for a free program on accessible arts thanks to South Australia’s Disability Arts Transition Team (DATT).

Willie Elliot is a professional audio describer with experience in describing theatre, opera, dance, circus, visual arts, architecture, live events, TV, film and online.  He will present a forum on audio description and run professional audio description training. 

Daryl Beeton, Artistic Director of London-based inclusive theatre company Kazzum, will deliver three workshops that explore the idea of integrating access elements into the creation of performance.


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