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Wednesday, 29th September, BBC2, 1pm

SH Line Producer | 10:28 UK time, Wednesday, 29 September 2010

On today’s programme See Hear meets Sophie Woolley and Gemma Fairlie from the Tin Bath Theatre Company  who are demonstrating some of the unique methods and technologies they are developing to improve accessibility to theatre for deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences.

Deaf writer and actress, Sophie Woolley and her collaborators have been experimenting with computers that trigger captions and display subtitles during each scene of their performances.

The project explores innovative ways of using captions and graphics for deaf members of the audience.

Sophie and Gemma plan to continue research and the development of their creative captioning system so they can stage the complete play in the autumn.

So watch this space!

 

The surname 'Woolley' has, of course, been very familiar to See Hear viewers over the years! Maggie Woolley, Sophie’s mother, being one of the original presenters of See Hear.

 

Below you can read Sophie’s blog on her Tin Bath test:

 

www.theatresandbox.co.uk/category/tin-bath

 

 

And we meet the young wildlife conservationist who wanted to share her success story with See Hear and show that being deaf is not a barrier to pursuing your passions.

Rebecca Kiggins graduated with a geography degree from Coventry University and now works in her dream job as a conservation assistant at the World Owl Trust in the Lake District in the grounds of Muncaster Castle.

 

If you would like to find out more about the World Owl Trust, you can click on the link below

www.owls.org

 

 

And we get unique access to the grand halls of Buckingham Palace with See Hear viewers, the Choudhury family, who test out the Palace’s new hand held  BSL guides, which have been launched this summer for the first time to be available during the annual summer season’s opening of the Palace doors.

This allows a Deaf visitor to come at any time convenient to them rather than relying on the BSL interpreted and lip speaking guided tours, which are normally pre booked tours for individuals which happen at the end of the day.

 

For more information about the Royal Collections including Buckingham Palace, please follow the link

www.royalcollection.org.uk

 

And just a reminder..next week's programme will go out at the earlier time of 11.30am...

See you then.

 

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