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Captioning Awareness Week

Our founders knew, from personal experience, the life-changing effect that captions and live subtitles can have. For people who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing, they can unlock the beauty of theatre and the arts, so that families and friends can enjoy the full experience together.

Captioning Awareness Week is our annual celebration of the great work that theatres, museums and galleries are doing across the country to make the arts a more welcoming and accessible place.

This year’s campaign will run from 15 to 21 November. Use the links below to get involved and show your support for captioning across the country.

How you can enjoy Captioning Awareness Week

Head to a captioned or subtitled performance, watch events online with our friends at Scenesaver, and show your support online with our social media accounts.

How your venue can show support

Our new toolkit will help theatres, museums, galleries, or arts venues get the most out the week. We have all our logos, social media images, suggested posts, and many other ways venues can show their support.

The campaign also gives us an opportunity to reach a whole new audience and to bring captioning to people who may not have known it was an option. Here are a couple of our new users who joined us during Captioning Awareness Week 2019:

Annie

Annie is adjusting to life with hearing loss. When we met her at a City Lit lip-reading class, she had never been to a captioned performance before.

“I love the theatre and used to go regularly. However, over the last few years I’d virtually stopped going,” she says. “It took a while to realise why I wasn’t enjoying it anymore: I had to admit that I couldn’t keep up with the dialogue. Even with hearing aids, I missed key words and phrases.”

Stagetext helped Annie rediscover her love of the arts. “Last weekend, I experienced my first live theatre for a long while,” she adds. “With the help of captions, I caught every single word and so enjoyed the experience.

Sarah

Sarah, who is profoundly Deaf, contacted us because she wanted to take her six-year-old daughter to a captioned pantomime but there wasn’t one available in her local area.

“I was very disappointed that my local theatre wasn’t cooperative to provide captions for the panto,” she says. “Mamma Mia will be my first West End musical with my daughter, Ava. She is aware that mummy can’t hear, and that I rely on subtitles every day. Ava understands that the subtitles are there to help me know what is being said.”

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