An audience at a performance

Creative and cultural benefit

  • D/deaf and Disabled actors, directors, singers, technicians, writers and producers not only have a right to practise their craft but also have much to contribute to our cultural life.
  • Managing inclusivity is best when it is not treated as an add-on; this involves rethinking and questioning the traditional and accepted ways of doing things; this, in turn, represents a creative challenge and can only enhance the creative ‘muscle’ of your organisation.
  • Without adequate access to contemporary theatre practice, deaf, deafened, hard of hearing, blind and partially sighted artists will struggle to make work that is responsive to the cultural world around them.

Read about how access to theatre via captioning has contributed to writer and actor Sophie Woolley’s own work: Sophie Woolley’s story

Now go to: The impact of assisted performances – personal stories