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Deaf Awareness Week 2021

‘Coming Through it Together’

This year Deaf Awareness Week is focusing on ‘Coming Through it Together’ and throughout the week the online campaign will engage and encourage people to celebrate d/Deafness, raise awareness of best practice and use the week for demonstrating change and positivity.

We wanted to take this week to highlight everything we can do to help make access easy and more effective, as well as celebrate the upcoming events from the venues working so hard to bring captions and subtitles back into their venues.

Find out more about Deaf Awareness Week on the UK Council on Deafness' website.

Coming Together for Shows and Events

Everyday we celebrate the hard working venues who include us in their shows, talks, tours, and events by providing captioning and subtitles. This week is the perfect time to highlight some of the upcoming events you can enjoy online, or those future events were we can once again bring our friends and family with us back into venues.


The Future of British Theatre
Online Talk | 7 May
After a year of upheaval, what lies ahead for the British theatre industry? Alongside our embrace of new digital formats, and vital conversations about radical change and sustainability, the roll-out of the vaccine brings the fresh hope of renewal. Where do we go from here?
Mining The Human Spirit
Online Talk | 6 May
McDowell and journalist, novelist and short story writer Enriquez discuss the explosive collection of short stories, The Dangers of Smoking in Bed. This translation marks the second time that Enriquez and McDowell have worked together, after 2017’s Things We Lost in the Fire.
Reasons You Should(n't) Love Me
In Venue Theatre | 7 Jun
Juno was born with spina bifida and is now clumsily navigating her twenties amidst street healers, love, loneliness – and the feeling of being an unfinished project. Winner of The Women’s Prize for Playwriting, Amy Trigg’s debut play is hilarious and heart-warming.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
In Venue Theatre | 18 Jun
Four love-drunk teens, escaped from the confines of an oppressive regime. A posse of wannabe actors, determined to put on a play against the odds. The Fairy Queen and King at war, and one wild spirit hell-bent on causing as much havoc as possible.
In Venue Theatre | 16 July
Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens has adapted Nobel Prize-winner José Saramago’s dystopian novel Blindness as a sound installation.
South Pacific
In Venue Theatre | 29 July
On an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, US troops are kicking their heels amid the cacao groves while waiting for the war to reach them.



Find out more and support your understanding of who benefits from subtitling and the different ways people use subtitles.

Take a look at our facts and figures


Are you a venue planning an captioned or subtitled show? We have a handy list of best practices to help you embed access within your organisation.

Use our checklist for your access



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