In 2006, Stagetext and VocalEyes won a joint award of over £1million in order to extend access to the theatre for deaf, deafened, hard of hearing, blind and partially-sighted people. The funding came from the Treasury’s Invest to Save Round 8, announced in the Chancellor’s Budget Statement, and was matched with an award under the Arts Council England Grants for the Arts.
The three-year See a Voice project, which came to an end on 31 March 2010, resulted in an expansion in high quality provision of audio description and captioning around England. Groups of theatres and venues were invited to join together as local hubs to share equipment, training and marketing, and to collaborate in making their work fully accessible to existing and new audiences in a more cost-effective way than was previously possible.
By 31 December 2009
London: Almeida, Bush Theatre, Gate Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, Old Vic, Oval House, Soho Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Young Vic.
Birmingham: Birmingham Rep and Birmingham Hippodrome.
Keswick: Theatre by the Lake.
Liverpool: Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Liverpool Empire and Brindley Arts Centre.
Newcastle: Theatre Royal, Northern Stage and Live Theatre.
Oxford: Oxford Playhouse and Oxfordshire Theatre Company.
Essex/Suffolk: New Wolsey, Ipswich, Mercury Theatre, Colchester, and Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds.
Yorkshire: West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, York Theatre Royal and Harrogate Theatre.
Poole: The Lighthouse, Poole Centre for the Arts.
The Touring Consortium.
It cannot, and should not, replace invaluable face-to-face training, but it can help ensure that knowledge and understanding is consistent throughout your organisation. The learning is suitable for anyone with a customer facing role as well as marketing, administrative and management staff.
Please contact Rosie Holmes for more information.
For further information on the See a Voice project and captioning, please email Rosie or call her on 020 7377 0540.
For enquiries on the See a Voice project and audio description, please email VocalEyes or call them on 020 7375 1043. VocalEyes website