Wednesday, 16 September 2009

SCENE & SOUND get's launched by the Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Launch a new website  Called

On 16 Sept will be launched and is a brand new, easy-to-use website aimed at providing blind and deaf people with more information about their local theatre/s and the facilities they have to offer including details of British Sign Language interpreted, captioned  and audio described performances.
The website also includes audio clips and a facility for screen enlargement. It also allows blind people to use their own screen readers and magnifiers effectively.  Deaf people can make use of the film clips, which translate much of the site into British Sign Language.

The Curve, Leicester, Derby LIVE, the Little Theatre, Leicester, Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham Theatre Royal, Royal & Derngate (Northampton) and the Stephen Joseph Theatre (Scarborough) have led the way to become founder members.  Other theatres across the region are also showing an interest, and it is hoped that eventually every theatre in the country will sign up.

All performances that are more accessible to blind and deaf people will be listed.  These 'assisted performances' include audio description, captioning and British Sign Language interpreting, as well as information about each theatre.  There are also links to each theatre’s own website, enabling people to book tickets online and view more, enhanced information about the individual venues and their artistic programmes.

Scene and Sound is a community group whose main aim is to improve access to theatre for deaf and blind people, thus ensuring that every member of the audience can get the most out of a visit to the theatre. UnLtd Awards, Arts Council England and Nottingham Playhouse have shown their faith in the website through their generosity in providing the funding to get it up and running.  

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