Access Scottish Theatre is a publication, website and a Facebook page listing Audio Described, BSL Interpreted, Captioned and Relaxed performances in venues across Scotland. The printed version appears twice a year and can be found in all the major theatres across the country. If you would prefer an e-newsletter, you can subscribe to it here.
If you are a venue who would like to discuss inclusion in the Access Scottish Theatre Guide please contact us.
There are different types of accessible performances:
Performances which support people who are blind or partially sighted to access live performance. An audio describer meets audience members to introduce set and characters by providing verbal description which continues during the performance via a headset.
BSL interpreted performances allow people who are Deaf or for whom British Sign Language is their first or preferred language to access live performance. BSL interpreters provide a linguistic and artistic interpretation. The interpreter mostly stands to one side of the stage but sometimes interpreters are involved in the staging or the performance.
Captioning is similar to television subtitling and gives Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people access to live performances. A captioner carefully prepares and cues text that appears in real time on units placed placed to the side of the stage, centrally or within the set. Hearing assistance systems tend to be used alongside captioning.
Relaxed performances are for audience members with sensory or learning impairments or anyone who may benefit from a more relaxed atmosphere. Lights tend to be kept on at a low level and sudden noises, such as explosions, or flashing lights may be removed from productions. People are free to come and go and this can be helpful if someone cannot manage a full performance. There is also a relaxed attitude towards noise made by audience members and there tends to be more theatre staff on hand to offer support.
The pdf of the latest edition of Access Scottish Theatre guide can be found here.