Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing groups play a key role in increasing awareness and demand for captioned performances among local deaf, deafened and hard of hearing communities, theatres and the media.
Local groups and organisations working with deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people can be successful in helping to introduce captioning to their local theatre.
Sheffield Caption Support Group (SCSG) has successfully campaigned for more captioned shows at Sheffield Theatres, raising funds for the purchase of caption units. The group secured funding from Westfield Health to purchase equipment for use at Sheffield City Hall. In 2017 after 17 years of activity, SCSG have successfully achieved their vision and have stopped production, now operating as a social club with monthly drop-in sessions.
For further information on the group, please email Joanne Robinson.
The West London Hard of Hearing group was established in 2009 in Ealing and since then has attended many captioned performances of popular shows including Billy Elliot, Wicked (pictured) and War Horse. They usually meet for a drink or lunch before the show and many often go on to have dinner afterwards. The group also meets at other cultural venues which offer accessible talks with live subtitles.
The trips have proved extremely popular and the group has been able to create a community spirit which has helped some people to feel less isolated.
For further information on the group, please email Lidia Best.