Being deaf can be an isolating experience and a trip to see a captioned show on your own might not be all that appealing. But there's good news if you live in the London area because you can now join a STAGETEXT social group.
The groups enable deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people in the 32 London boroughs to attend captioned performances together, based on a common interest or in a specific area of the capital. The idea is that the groups will not only encourage more people to see captioned shows at local theatres and in the West End, but also enable them to socialise and mix together. STAGETEXT is also looking for volunteers to work with each group and coordinate regular trips to the theatre.
Groups currently up and running
New Plays: this group enjoy brand-new plays by the freshest, most exciting contemporary writers, with themes that apply to life today. Venues include Soho Theatre, The Gate (Notting Hill), The Bush (Shepherds Bush), Hampstead Theatre and the Young Vic.
South West London: based around Richmond-upon-Thames, taking in nearby areas such as Kingston, Wimbledon and Twickenham.
Musicals: visits to some of the top West End shows.
Jewish Plays and Culture: run in association with a Jewish cultural organisation, this group will be dedicated to events of interest to people who are Jewish or have an interest in Jewish culture.
North West London group: visiting theatres such as Hampstead, the Almeida and Donmar Warehouse.
Who to contact
Lynn Jackson, Communications Officer, is working with the South West London, North West London and Musicals social groups.
Deepa Shastri is working with the Jewish Plays and Culture social group and will be setting up a Families group.
Christine Hathway, our new Volunteers' Manager, will be working work with the New Plays Group. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to find out more about each group and how you can get involved, please email Lynn, Deepa or Christine and they will be happy to send you further details.
This project is funded by the City Bridge Trust.
What's on next?
28th May 2013
Donmar Warehouse, London