Accessible performances course for drama schools

This half-day or full-day interactive course is run by VocalEyes with Stagetext, who provide captioning and live subtitling services to theatres and other arts venues to make their activities accessible to people who are d/Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing.

“I feel that the knowledge of how the audio description is set up and how the touch tours work in a real theatre situation will help me in my future career as a stage manager.”

Theatre should be available to all, and every year in the UK hundreds of performances are made accessible for blind, partially sighted, deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people by audio description and captioning. To work in theatre as an actor, stage manager or technician it is important that you are aware of the key role you can play in making sure that a significant section of your audience is not excluded from the show, but instead has a really great night out.

In the course you will get the opportunity to experience both, taking part in a touch tour, trying to audio describe and operating a caption unit. The course is run by practitioners and users of the two services; in addition to demonstrating how the preparation and delivery of accessible performances intersects with the work of stage managers, theatre technicians and cast members, it also conveys what audio-described and captioned performances mean to audiences members who are otherwise excluded from the theatre.

“I believe that everything I learnt today is definitely going to help me in the future and I’m so glad we had this lecture, thank you!”

“I never realised how important this is, and how much hard work goes in to making these special performances happen”

“Excellent and eye-opening”

The course has been run at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD), Royal Central School of Speech & Drama (CSSD) and The Musical Theatre Academy (The MTA).

For further information or to book a course please contact our Theatre Programme Manager Michael Kenyon on 07511 928 739 or [email protected]