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First captioned shows at Playhouse
SALISBURY Playhouse will be presenting its first captioned performances in October, with Ibsen’s Ghosts and an adaptation of Emil and the Detectives.
Captioning converts words into text that appears on a screen at the same time as they are spoken, in a similar way to subtitles on a film.
However, theatre captioning also includes additional information, such as the name of the person speaking, sound effects and offstage noises.
Captioned Performances offer anyone who may have difficulty hearing or understanding the audible elements of a production a more enjoyable experience.
Tim Croall, head of marketing and sales at the Playhouse, said: “We are always looking at ways to improve the experience of our audience members and to make our productions accessible to more people.
“We already offer British Sign Language interpreted and audio described performances and the provision of captioned performances for certain productions will mean more people can enjoy live theatre.”
The captioned performance of English Touring Theatre’s Ghosts will take place on Wednesday, October 16. It will be followed by a post-show discussion that will also be captioned.
Emil and the Detectives, based on the book by Erich Kästner, will be in The Salberg on Monday, October 28, and will include creative captioning, which is specifically aimed at family audiences.
Creative Captioning involves captions, graphics and visuals being incorporated into the production to improve access for children and adults with different communication needs.
The screens for projected captions and visuals will be integrated into the set and the text is sensitive to Key Stage 2 reading ages.
For more information of tickets call the box office on 01722 320333 or visit salisburyplayhouse.com.
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