Captioning is a way of converting the spoken word into visible text that provides deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people with access to live performance. A captioned performance involves installing a display unit in the auditorium, which is operated live by a captioner with a laptop. As the words are spoken or sung, the captioner sends the specially formatted script to the display unit, enabling audience members with any degree of hearing loss to understand what is being said at the same time as everyone else. As well as dialogue, the captions include character names and descriptions of any sound effects.
“Captioning is the gateway into a new theatrical experience. It enables anyone with any form of hearing loss to enjoy live theatre at its best”. Audience members
From December 2007, FST took over responsibility for the coordination and promotion of captioned performances in Scotland from Stagetext, the London based organisation which works to increase access to the arts for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing audiences.
FST has 12 LED Captioning Screens and 2 Touring Units housed at various venues throughout Scotland. All units are available for use, subject to availability, by other venues and organisations but are based with the companies that caption most regularly. Venues and organisations wishing to use this equipment must first complete our contract. Please contact us for further details about using our Captioning units.
Captioning units must be operated by a trained captioner. There are currently four trained captioners working in Scotland. Captioners are engaged directly by the venue/organisation. For a list of qualified captioners, please contact us.