Video: A play in the life of a STAGETEXT captioner!

15 Mar

If you’ve ever wondered just how much work goes into a captioned performance, this video’s for you! It features captioner Alex Romeo talking about all the preparation that goes into making just one play accessible.

The video is fully subtitled and gives you an idea of the entire process of giving deaf people a chance to enjoy a play on the same terms as a hearing audience.

Hope you enjoy it! Big thanks to the Royal Court for their help with allowing us to film at the theatre!

Next up for the New Plays group – Fatherland!

8 Feb

We had 15 people along to see Tiger Country at Hampstead Theatre last Tuesday. It was great to see so many people there – including one or two people I haven’t met before!

Now for the fun bit… the next play!

I’ve already reserved 12 seats for  Fatherland, at the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill (nearest tube: Notting Hill Gate), on Thursday 10th March at 7.30pm.

Tickets are just £11, and we can sit wherever we like if we get there early enough! Tickets are in short supply so please let me know ASAP if you’d like to come!

Now I do need to warn everyone that the subject matter is likely to be controversial. The play is about a father who is at home alone with his daughter for the weekend, and you might guess that there’s a suggestion that all’s not well in their relationship. It’s going to be challenging, but interesting too. This YouTube trailer for the play will give an idea of the tone of the piece. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HN-4vafJeR0

For more about the play, take a look at the website: http://www.gatetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/fatherland.aspx

New Plays group meeting next week!

25 Jan

We’ve got 10 people booked in to see Tiger Country at the Hampstead Theatre, for the New Plays group’s second meeting!

The group is dedicated to seeing new w0rk, and Tiger Country should be a good start, as it’s writer Nina Raine’s third play. Her first won her an Evening Standard award, and the second was Tribes, which was about a deaf boy in a hearing family, and had a fantastic response at the Royal Court a few months ago. This one’s all about the NHS, about doctors and nurses and patients. Should be interesting…

After this I’ll have to set up the third play for the group to see. I’ve got lots to choose from… Soho Theatre, The Gate, The Bush, The Lyric, The Young Vic… watch this space!

New groups!

18 Jan

I’m setting up two new groups at the moment, one dedicated to musical theatre, the Captioned Musicals in London Group, and another dedicated to Jewish theatre goers. The musicals group are going to see Billy Elliot in March, so let me know if you’d like to join them!

Just email charlie@stagetext.com

Update on groups so far!

6 Dec

Hi all,

If you’re wondering why it’s been quiet for a few weeks, I’ve been away on paternity leave after the birth of my second child!

The groups have been going well. 7 people came to see ‘Tribes’ at the Royal Court, as part of the new plays group. While 10 people came to Richmond Theatre to see ‘The Three Musketeers’ as part of the South West group!

I’m currently hoping to schedule the next plays the groups will see while also planning new groups that will be set up in the new year. Watch this space!

New plays group meeting for the first time tonight!

3 Nov

7 members of the new plays group are meeting at the Royal Court tonight to see ‘Tribes’! Let’s hope everyone beats the tube strike!

Richmond group up and running!

14 Oct

I’m pleased to say that after cycling all over the Richmond borough (my iPhone said I’d done 15 miles by the end of the day) distributing posters advertising the Richmond captioning group, I’ve had 10 responses by email one week later!

The posters were spotted in colleges, leisure centres, libraries, doctors surgeries and even in Teddington where Richmond AID’s offices are!

We’ve also had our info added to websites all over the borough and this morning I met up with a very friendly lady who runs a brand new Richmond site full of info. Hopefully we’ll have some information up there very soon!

I’m also hoping for some coverage in the local press. Watch this space!

So if you’d benefit from watching a play with the help of captions to get the full story, don’t hesitate – get in touch! You can email charlie@stagetext.org or phone 0207 377 0540!

Welcome to this blog!

12 Oct

Hello there! I’m Charlie and I’m STAGETEXT’s audience engagement officer. We provide captioning so that deaf and hard of hearing people can enjoy full access to theatre and other arts venues. (Find out more here: http://www.stagetext.org)

For the next two years I’ll be working to increase the audience for captioned shows through setting up social groups across London. Some of the groups will be geographically based, while others will have themes.

We’re starting out with two groups. One is a group covering south-west London and the other is a group dedicated to seeing new plays. Exciting times! We’ll see how these two groups go before rolling out other groups across the city.

More about me – I’m deaf myself, with a background of working in the arts, broadcasting and film. I love going to the theatre and I love watching captioned shows, while at home I’m a Dad and a long-suffering Nottingham Forest fan..!