Captioning charity Stagetext will be marking its 15th anniversary with Captioning Awareness Week from 9–15 November, which will include captioned and live subtitled theatre performances.
Stagetext was established in May 2000 by Peter Pullan, Geoff Brown and Merfyn Williams and is a registered charity and regularly funded organisation of Arts Council England. It was built on the determination to improve access to the arts for those who may otherwise not usually have the opportunity to experience a live performing arts production.
With over 10 million – that’s 1 in 6 – people in the UK being deaf, deafened or hard of hearing, the theatre can often seem inaccessible. Stagetext is aiming to get as many theatres, museums and art galleries involved as possible. Current captioned events include Anita & Me at Theatre Royal Stratford East and a Royal Academy of Arts talk on the Ai Wei Wei exhibition.
To get involved, Stagetext is encouraging people to take to social media with the phrase ‘I’m #CAPaware’. More information about the event, and the performances taking part, can be found at www.stagetext.org/reviews/captioning-awareness-week