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  • iheartsubtitles 12:25 pm on July 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Invisible Subtitled Live Theatre – Trial in the UK 

    Giojax, the company using 3D technology to create invisible subtitles for use by cinemas have just announced that the same technology is to be trialled in the theatre.

    Originally set up as a crowd-funded business, the now private company with private investors is running a trial of the invisible subtitles technology to subtitle a musical in October this year.

    The principle is the same as for the cinema. Audience members who wish to see the captions running during the live performance can wear 3D glasses and view the subtitles via a box situated on the theatre stage. The subtitles will be in English and is aimed as a solution to provide subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing so should not be confused with translation subtitles or surtitles that you may have seen at opera performances.

    If you are interested in trying this technology out, the trial will take place on Saturday October 4th at the matinée performance at the Harlow Theatre for the Barry Manilow musical Copacabana:

    Her name was Lola, she was showgirl… So begins this tale of romance and stardom that has captivated audiences in the West End, Atlantic City and on-screen across the US. With sensational original songs by Barry Manilow, dazzling costumes and fabulous choreography is a show that will leave you breathless. Featuring hits such as Dancin Fool, Who Needs To Dream, Aye Caramba, and of course the Grammy award-winning Copacabana, this is a show sure to have you humminh the tunes all the way home. Harlow Playhouse is proud to present the premiere of Barry Manilow’s revised version of the original show for 2014.

    For more information on the musical and to purchase tickets visit the Harlow Playhouse website.

    For more information on 3D subtitles technology please visit the Giojax web page.

    And if anyone is wondering, the 3D Invisible Subtitles for cinemas project is still under way, testing took place earlier this year in Milton Keynes and the next stage is to finalise the software for the cinemas.

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  • iheartsubtitles 8:58 am on April 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Festival Of The Spoken Nerd – subtitled comedy 

    Last week I attended an event captioned by STAGETEXT but this time it wasn’t a play but live comedy. Consequently rather than scripted and cued captions being used, the comedy event called Festival Of The Spoken Nerd was captioned live by a stenographer. To get an idea of the comedy show style watch this clip:

    What was great about the event was that there was very much an element of audience participation both on stage and through the use of smart phones and Twitter. I think it is the first time I have ever been in a theatre and been encouraged to keep my mobile phone switched on and use it! As a result I was able to capture some great moments that were unique to this particular gig. Because it was captioned the Festival Of The Spoken Nerd cast sometimes spoke about and interacted with the live captions appearing above their head:

    Later on in the show the stenographer Kate was made part of the show with the use of a video camera that recorded her typing away and displaying this on screen:

    It was such a refreshing change to see technology being used for access celebrated and then being integrated into the show. There were no complaints, everyone in the audience thoroughly enjoyed it. Captioning aside, the show is both funny and fascinating. I’ve not seen anything like it before. This was the first comedy I have ever had the pleasure of attending that has been captioned live for audience and I certainly hope it is not the last. I would love to see more.

    Caption users are needed for STAGETEXT film. If you are available on May 7th and can get to London, why not help STAGETEXT promote the services it provides by taking part in the film.

  • iheartsubtitles 10:35 pm on October 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Clybourne Park – Captioned Theatre 

    Those of you following me on Twitter will know that on Tuesday I went to the theatre to see Clybourne Park at the Royal Court Theatre. Nothing unusual about that but this happened to be the first time I have been to the theatre for a performance that has been subtitled/captioned by STAGETEXT.

    Well what a first captioned play to choose – best screenplay I’ve seen in ages. But for this blog I’m here to review the experience of watching a captioned play. I could wax lyrical about the performances – all were brilliant. I admit I bought the tickets knowing Martin Freeman was performing. None of the cast disappointed. Ahem… so to the captions…

    Clybourne Park

    Poor iphone photo does NOT reflect quality of STAGETEXT at all.

    As you can see from the photo above, out of habit I bought tickets close to the front of the stage in the stalls. It is habit because I have found I need to be near the front so that I can (1) hear more dialogue and (2) lip-read. With the captions being up above it was a bit of a neck strain but not a problem to read the screen. In fact I found I had the best of both worlds. Close enough to the stage to lip-read, and if I still didn’t hear some of the dialogue, I could look up to read the captions. The captions I found to be accurate and just as important – in sync with the performance. The captions included audio descriptions for any non-dialogue sound on stage. If you have seen this play you will know that in the first act there is a deaf character and ASL (American Sign Language) is used (the screenplay is American) which I found fascinating to watch. I also observed that the captions had American spellings but I think this is the correct way to go given that the characters are American, and it reflects their dialogue. There is also a funny joke about the deaf character (and no, not at their expense, at the situation) and offensive language which I won’t spoil by repeating here. But put it this way had the deaf character been able to read the captions for – the joke would no longer have worked 😉

    I would definitely go to another captioned theatre show. It will help me save money on expensive seats for a start! I can buy tickets that are not close to the stage and still be able to follow the dialogue without needing the aid of lip-reading. It means I can also enjoy the theatre with hearing friends and not worry about where the seating is for the tickets that have been bought. I did attend this show with a hearing friend as well actually. It is an invaluable service and much preferred option to a t-loop system which I only ever tried to use once in a theatre environment and found of little benefit – though that is not to say that others do not. I cannot speak for everyone.

    STAGETEXT provide captioning for theatre shows across the UK. Take a look at the website for details of upcoming captioned performances.

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    • STAGETEXT 11:01 am on October 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Dawn,
      Really glad you enjoyed the show and the captions! Did your neck hurt sitting in the stalls? If you let the venue know you’d like to view the captions they can seat you in the seats that offer the most comfortable position to view the units (at the Royal Court this is in the circle) you may even get a discount too!


      • iheartsubtitles 5:04 pm on October 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hi, thanks for the tip. I was ok 🙂 To be honest given the short run and popularity of the play – I was just happy to get *any* ticket. There were a lot of people waiting for possible returns the day I went!


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