For profoundly deaf Tina Lannin, captioning has opened up the world of theatre and she’s having great fun exploring it all with her hearing dog, Smudge. Unable to hear speech, Tina depends on captions to understand the dialogue.
“Captioning fulfils my needs admirably because it enables me to go to the theatre with my hearing friends and get as much enjoyment out of a show as they do. My hearing dog, Smudge, has accompanied me to every theatre I’ve visited; access has never been a problem. Some London theatres are old-fashioned and have tiny seats and not much leg room, so there’s no room for Smudge. Recently, I went to a West End musical with a group of friends, two of whom also had hearing dogs; it was no problem though, the staff were very accommodating. My only advice to anyone taking an assistance dog to the theatre is to check with the box office first as some performances may be too loud for them.”