Captioning Awareness Week Bringing Accessibility to U.K. Stage and Culture Events


by Johnathan Moore
This week, Stagetext is celebrating their second Captioning Awareness Week. From November 14th-19th, theatre and culture events around the U.K will be captioned for the 11 million deaf and hard-of-hearing citizens. Throughout the week, Stagetext is shining a spotlight on providing live captions for plays. There are also many museum and culture events with live-captioned tours broadcast onto handheld tablets for audience members.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory London Musical Captioned #CAPaware16

There are 14 events happening this week, 8 of which are located in London, at locations such as Shakespeare’s Globe, the National Theatre, and the Wellcome Collection. Some programming includes Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Drury Lane, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the New Victoria Theatre, Wind in the Willows at the Mayflower Theatre, and many more.


On social media, Stagetext is spreading the world through #CAPaware16, which is collecting images of stage troops showing their support for inclusive art. The event has garnered so much attention that the Stagetext website was overwhelmed Monday by visitors seeking information, but has since managed the increased traffic. Here is a list of events happening this week.

On the hurdles of accessibility in theatre, Stagetext chief executive Melanie Sharpe said, “Because there are special equipment that you need, you mainly have a dialogue with Stagetext first, so even though the will is there and the awareness is there, [theatre companies] need support in how they’re actually going to do it.” Watch the rest of the interview from London Live here.

Stay tuned for updates on #CapAware16 events happening throughout the week.