Site specific, Promenade and Immersive Theatre offer particular challenges for Access
Our ambition is to create a range of Display Technologies and Software so that any show can be made accessible for d/Deaf, deafened and hearing impaired audiences. Here are just a few examples of the shows we have tackled over recent years by using Tablets and/or Smart Caption Glasses, installing Mesh WiFi Systems and with a Captioner working remotely using an audio feed and, where possible, a video show relay to enable them to follow the action of the show.
If you have a show that you’d like to make accessible but don’t know how then do please contact us. We’d be delighted to help.
“The Fever” by Wallace Shawn, directed by Robert Icke. An Almeida Theatre Production for an audience of 29 set in a Mayfair Hotel Room.
“Now that’s what I call site-specific: a play set in a hotel room staged in an actual hotel room. And not just any old hotel room either, but an ultra-chic suite at the luxuriant May Fair Hotel where wine and chocolates are on offer as we arrive”
“Who Cares” by Michael Wynne. Royal Court. Promenade production in several locations on different floors.
“Using the whole theatre is thrilling and people always love going into places where they don’t normally go”
Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of the Royal Court.
“The action starts in a building adjacent to the Court (simply called ‘The Site’), which usually serves as a rehearsal space. In a pretty realistic mock-up of an A&E waiting room, we’re addressed by a number of figures – doctors, nurses and patients – who give us snapshots of their lives and the challenges they face. Divided into groups we then visit various other spaces, from a GP’s surgery to a birthing suite, to hear more detail of the unique struggles of the staff and those in their care.”
Theo Bosanquet What’s On.
“Flood” by James Phillips. Slung Low. Hull City of Culture. Outdoor Promenade Production.
“Zara”. Mind The Gap / Walk The Plank / Emergency Exit Arts. Outdoor Promenade Show in Halifax and London.
“The enormous outdoor production at Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park in south London featured more than 100 performers, tanks and a puppet of a baby bigger than a double-decker bus.”
Kate Wyver. The Guardian.
Digital 4 offer a free consultancy service on how to Caption Site Specific, Outdoor, and Immersive Theatre – please contact us to help make more of your shows accessible.