To work in theatre as an actor, stage manager or technician it is important that theatre professionals are aware of the key role they can play in making sure that a significant section of their audience is not excluded from the show, but instead has a really great night out. Stagetext work with VocalEyes, who provide audio description for blind and partially sighted people, to offer training sessions to students at drama schools.
This is a day-long interactive course where there participants get the opportunity to experience both services, operate a caption unit, take part in a touch tour and try audio describing for themselves. The course is run by both 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 that might otherwise be 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'
'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.'
'I really enjoyed hearing from Deepa and Toby about how these services benefit them and hearing from them what they find important and useful.'
'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, Bethan.