Real time captioning for theatre

A really good idea from Australian based The Captioning Studio who have released a new app that delivers real-time theatre captioning on smartphone and tablet devices. While captioning has been available for some time on films and TV, theatre has always been trickier.

To use the app, theatre goers simply register to access the list of upcoming events and select the performance they’re attending. Then, during a performance, actors’ lines appear on-screen as the actors speak them. Also included in GoTheatrical’s captioning are ad libs, asides, song lyrics, musical descriptions and other sound effects. The app is currently priced at US $1.99 on Apple’s app store.

A really innovative way of making performances more accessible to larger audiences.

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