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Behind the scenes: audio description at the theatre

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For something different, Media Access Australia’s Eliza Cussen takes readers behind the scenes at one of Sydney’s most beloved theatres to reveal how audio description has become a vital part of what they do.

There’s a term kids learn in Year 9 Drama: mise en scéne, or ‘everything but the script.’ It’s used to help set the atmosphere of a performance, the light, the costume, the set design, the acting. It reminds everyone working on a play that the script is only the skeleton, on to which must be placed muscle, skin and clothes. For most theatre goers it is these elements which carry much of the play’s meaning, but if you’re blind or vision impaired, this meaning can be lost.


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Cinemas across Australia add captions and audio description

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Accessible cinema in Australia has received a boost to the number of sessions available to people with hearing or vision impairments with both the Hoyts and Village Cinema chains announcing new captioned and audio described screens.

Hoyts Cinemas has installed audio description on nine screens across three states. In NSW, the Penrith, Eastgardens and Erina complexes have had audio description added to their current caption-capable screens. Hoyts Cinemas in Garden City, Western Australia and Norwood, South Australia have also had this addition.


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Accessible Cinema Advisory Group’s latest communique

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The Accessible Cinema Advisory Group (ACAG) is a body convened by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs to oversee and advise on the implementation of captioning and audio description in Australian cinemas. The group has released a fourth report to the public from its meeting held in March.

Communiqué from the Accessible Cinema Advisory Group, March 2012

The Cinema Access Implementation Plan and the role of ACAG


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