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Stagetext’s Archive

Captions Speak Louder:
Discovering the Story of Open Captioning

 

Be part of our history

Thanks to support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we are creating the world’s first ever archive on open captioning. Entitled Captions Speak Louder, this project will cement Stagetext’s place in the history books.

Stagetext was born in 2000, and through the hard work and dedication of our founders and captioners, soon became the standard-bearer for high quality access. To mark our 21st birthday in 2021, we are collecting the stories of caption users and the people behind the scenes who make access happen.

The completed archive will live on at the University of Bristol Theatre Collection, with the most exciting items forming the centrepiece of a touring exhibition launching in November 2021.

Could you help tell our story?

We’re collecting the stories, photographs, tickets, programmes, and posters that show the complete history of our charity.

Through these items we’ll document how Stagetext first took shape around a kitchen table, and ultimately ended up at the biggest theatres in the country.

Were you there at the first captioned performance? Or have you discovered Stagetext more recently – how did your first performance make you feel? The history of Stagetext is your story, and we want to celebrate it and make sure you and your items are counted. If you have old tickets, programmes or photographs that could shed some light on our history, or if you’d like to tell us about your experiences with captioned theatre, please get in touch.

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Volunteer and help with the archive

We already have a lot of items showing some of the most exciting moments from our past. However, we need your help! We need to identify people in photographs, spot duplicated items, and go through our old videos.

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