A black and white promotional image for Twelfth Night. In the background an image of Shakespeare’s Globe lit up at night on the Southbank, in the foreground a superimposed wave brakes on the Thames ahead of a floating Red oblong with Twelfth Night in cream text. The Globe’s wooden O symbol encircling the word night.

Twelfth Night: post-show Q&A event – Exploring audio description

Royal Holloway University and VocalEyes are running an event directly after the audio described performance of Twelfth Night at Shakespeare’s Globe on Saturday 11th September.

Have you ever listened to audio description and wondered how it was put together, and who wrote it? Are you curious about the decisions that audio describers make, for example, how they decide what to describe or leave out? Or how they decide to describe the diversity of people on stage, for example their race, body shape, gender or disability? Each audio description has been carefully crafted by professional audio describers who spend time thinking about these questions, and much more. This event will open up a conversation about these questions, and give audio describers and AD users an opportunity to discuss them together. Join us to explore Audio Description and to find out more about what goes on behind the scenes.

Our event will take the form of a Q&A with the audio describers. Together, we will discuss the audio description for this production and the challenges and opportunities of describing diversity.

This event is hosted by Hannah Thompson and Rachel Hutchinson from Royal Holloway University in collaboration with VocalEyes. It forms parts of a project on audio description called Inclusive Description for Equality and Access.

Details of the event are as follows:

  • It will take place directly after the performance finishes, in the Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre on the Globe site. Globe staff will be available to help people move from the auditorium to the studio.
  • We expect the event to last about an hour, but we want it to be relaxed and informal, so if you can only stay for 20 minutes or half an hour, then that is fine
  • You are welcome to bring any friends, family, companions who are with you on the day
  • Guide dogs welcome of course
  • There is no cost to attend the event

Spaces are limited, so please email [email protected] if you would like to attend, and we will confirm your place.