Preview: Captions Speak Louder, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

Preview: Captions Speak Louder, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

The world’s first exhibition on open captioning in the arts will be on display at MAST Mayflower Studios from 2 to 18 November 2022.

Created by Stagetext, the deaf-led captioning charity, Captions Speak Louder, guides you through the history of theatre captioning – making performances accessible to deaf and hard of hearing audiences.

It is similar to subtitling on TV or film, but the captions are displayed on screens at the front of the theatre.

This free exhibition explores this history through the stories and memories of the users, the charity’s founders, and the staff and supporters who worked to make the arts accessible over the last 21 years.

The exhibition shows how captions were brought to the UK and spread to venues across the country, how Stagetext was founded as a charity, the evolution and art of captioning, and how access to digital events brought culture to our living rooms throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

Liz Hilder, Stagetext’s Acting Chief Executive, says: “We’re delighted to be working with MAST Mayflower Studios to share the story of captioning.

“Come along and find out how captions began, and how they continue to open up access to theatre and culture today.”

The exhibition made its debut at The Barbican Centre in November 2021 and is now touring the UK throughout 2022.

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