At The Captioning Studio, we love the performing arts, and we passionately believe that the Arts are for everyone, including people with disability.
When we launched our proprietary GoTheatrical!™ theatre captioning technology and service back in 2005, it took the Australian theatre industry by storm.
We now offer both an open and closed theatre captioning technology and service.
For our open captions, GoTheatrical!™ uses plasma or LCD screens for caption display.
In 2012 we launched our patented new GoTheatrical! app technology, which enables patrons to access closed captions on their mobile and/or tablet devices. Specifically designed for theatre lighting conditions, patrons seated nearby are not distracted by the technology. The app is available from The App Store and GooglePlay.
There are now quite a few venues in Australia that are providing simultaneous open and closed captioning at each captioned performance!
GoTheatrical!™ is the only theatre captioning technology used by Australian venues, and is featured at the Sydney Opera House and the Arts Centre in Melbourne.
In 2011 we were thrilled that GoTheatrical!™ Theatre Captioning won the Best Event Captioning Australia Award at the National Captioning Awards, hosted by Deafness Forum Australia.
A list of venues and production companies that offer GoTheatrical!™ captioning, as well as further details about our theatre captioning service, can be found on our website at www.theatrecaptioning.com.au.
To learn more about the features of GoTheatrical!™, please also see our section under our Technology menu or Contact Us.
We will very shortly be launching our new world-first technology GoTheatrical!™ AD – an app that enables people who are blind or have low vision to experience high-quality audio description delivery at live events.
For more information, please Contact Us.
And here is The Captioning Studio’s Media Release about our GoTheatrical! theatre captioning app, launched in 2012:
The Captioning Studio is pleased to announce its new Theatre Captioning service for 2012, ‘Go-Theatrical!™ App’. This patented technology will give patrons at participating venues the opportunity to access theatre captions on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices, while captions can also be provided simultaneously on plasma/LCD displays.
The Go-Theatrical!™ theatre captioning technology and service launched in Australia in 2005 and has since taken the Australian theatre industry by storm. It is now the only theatre captioning technology used by Australian venues and production companies, including the Sydney Opera House and the Arts Centre in Melbourne. In August this year, GoTheatrical!™ theatre captioning won the 2011 Best Event Captioning Award at the National Captioning Awards hosted by Deafness Forum Australia.
Nari Jennings, co-founder of The Captioning Studio, comments: “We’re excited about the launch of our latest theatre captioning technology. By offering simultaneous open and closed captioning in this way, patrons with a hearing loss have a choice as to how they access their theatre captions, and that’s just fantastic!”
The new service will enable patrons to download the Go-Theatrical! Mobile™ app to an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and simply select the captioned performance they are attending fr om a list of available shows.
The app includes some extremely clever features which make the technology suitable for the live theatre environment. It also ensures that captions can be viewed only by patrons in the relevant venue.
GoTheatrical!™ App is already attracting interest within the Australian theatre industry, with several venues planning to offer the service in 2012. Details of participating venues, as well as information on how to download the app, will be announced shortly.
The Go-Theatrical!™ technology was originally patented to cover theatre captioning on television-type display screens, which are positioned either on-stage or to the side of the stage. “We are thrilled to have patented and now developed Go-Theatrical!™ for use on mobile devices too. Australia can be proud of the fact that it is leading the world in theatre captioning access”, says Nari.