The Wimbledon Effect

Captioning for Theatre

There’s only so much neck swivelling a person can do

Theatre captions are a really important for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing audiences.

But the Wimbledon Effect makes reading captions and watching the action challenging.

Sometimes people watch the action and miss important dialogue. Sometimes vital actions are missed whilst reading the captions. Either way it can be frustrating and leave people feeling left out of the full theatrical experience.

Thanks to funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) we’re going to bring Red Earth’s creative team together with colleagues from Arts and Computer Sciences at the University of Nottingham, to see if we can make it easier for audiences to catch action and captions together in a more satisfying way.

What’s even more exciting about the project is that we’re going to try and use exisiting immersive technologies to create captioning for all our shows, all the time, even in small scale and rural touring venues.

What’s the Plan?

We’ll develop prototypes of different kinds of captioning
We’ll test these ideas out with deaf and hearing children, young people and adults
We’ll take the kind of captioning they like best and develop it more
We’ll integrate captioning that works best in to our next touring show – Soonchild

We say, leave the Wimbledon Effect to tennis fans!