New theatre captioning technology for deaf audiences

Ambassador Theatre Group and the National Theatre will be among the first organisations that will trial new technology, aimed at increasing access for deaf and hard of hearing audiences and providing more accurate automated captioning.

Stagetext, a charity that provides theatre captioning services, has won around £125,000 from the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts. The fund supports ideas that use digital technology to engage audiences in new ways.

It was awarded to Stagetext to fund the development of its CaptionCue project, which will develop a system that would no longer require a person to operate the captioning systems in theatres. Instead, CaptionCue will use voice recognition software to generate accurate automated captioning.

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