Soho Theatre provides regular captioned, sign language interpreted and audio described performances for our plays for people who are deaf or hard of hearing or who are blind and have a visual impairment. We always hold back a number tickets for access performances on sold-out shows. If a show is sold-out online, please contact the Box Office direct to book your tickets via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 478 0100.
PERFORMANCES FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE DEAF, DEAFENED OR HARD OF HEARING
CAPTIONING & LIVE SUBTITLING
Forthcoming captioned performances:
The One – Thu 20 Mar, 7.30pm
Dark Vanilla Jungle – Tue 8 Apr, 8.30pm
Never Try This At Home – Sat 19 Apr, 7.15pm
Fleabag – Tue 20 May, 7.30pm
Quietly – Tue 10 Jun, 7.15pm
Captioning converts the spoken word into text to provide people with hearing loss access to live performances. In captioning, the words appear on a screen at the same time as they are sung or spoken. Captions also include sound effects and offstage noises.
We provide live subtitles for post-show discussions, literary events and unscripted performances, such as live comedy. Palatypists use a special phonetic keyboard to type every word that is spoken, with the text then being converted to appear on the captioning screen.
STAGETEXT provides captioning and live speech-to-text services to theatres and other arts venues to make their activities accessible to people who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing. Their new film Getting More Theatre For Your Bucks, features deaf, deafened and hard of hearing theatregoers talking about their experience of captioning and what it means to them. Their website www.stagetext.org provides further information.
If you are a hearing aid user, you may also benefit from wearing a loop headset which amplifies and clarifies the performers and sounds on stage.
BSL INTERPRETED PERFORMANCES
Our BSL interpreted performances feature an on-stage interpreter who converts spoken dialogue into British Sign Language. BSL has a unique structure and syntax and the interpreter will spend several weeks learning a play before performing their translation.
Forthcoming BSL interpreted performances:
The Husbands – Wed 19 Mar, 7pm
Interpreted by Martin Fox-Roberts
Book tickets online by selecting ‘BSL Ticket’ when prompted.
Performances for people who are blind or have a visual impairment
Forthcoming audio described performances:
Never Try This At Home – Sat 19 Apr, 3pm
Touch tour at 1.30pm
Fleabag – Sun 25 May, 5pm
Quietly – Thu 12 Jun, 7.15pm
Book tickets online by selecting ‘Audio Described Ticket’ when prompted.
If you are blind or you have a visual impairment we don’t want you to miss out on anything that happens on stage. Our audio described performances give you a live commentary about the action happening on stage through a pair of small headphones.
Like a narrator telling a story, a trained describer will tell you about the things you might not be able to see, describing body language, expressions and movements, so that you can keep up with the action.
There is a live introduction which will tell you about the characters, their costumes and the appearance of the set 15 minutes before the start of the show.
To help you immerse yourself in the show as much as possible we offer touch tours before each audio-described performance enabling you to explore the stage and get a feel of the set and costumes before the play starts.
If you’d like to experience a touch tour before you come along to the audio described performance please let us know when you book your ticket so we can get everything ready in advance for you. Touch tours normally take place 1 hour before the start of the show.
In preparation for your visit we provide an audio guide for every audio described play.
The audio guide includes an introduction to the play, a reminder of the times of the performance, the touch tour as well as useful information for your visit.
The introduction to the play, the set, the characters and their costumes is repeated live 15 minutes before the show. This also gives us the chance to tell you more about the production or any last minute changes that might be included. Please contact us if you are interested in our Audio guides.
Free access tickets for Westminster residents generously supported by Westminster City Council.