My first time experience of going to a theatre to see a captioned performance was just at the weekend. Saturday to be exact. I went to see Starlight Express, which I have always wanted to see since when it first came out. I went to see Starlight Express at Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham, where the performance was in the afternoon. This was a captioned performance, and as well as it being my first time going to a performance where it was captioned, it was also my first time going to Royal Concert Hall.
I sat in Tier one, seat F34. So I was looking directly at the stage. The captions were either side of the stage, letting people know that today's performance would be captioned, making it accessible for deaf, deafened, and hard of hearing people to enjoy.
The captions stayed in time with the whole performance. It took me about 15 to 20 minutes to get used to, to find what way it was best for me to watch the stage, and then take my eye of them to quickly glance at captions.
If it wasn't for the show being captioned, I would have missed alot of the show. I wasn't even aware that someone was speaking at the beginning, till I seen captions moving. This happened also throughout because it was a character called Control speaking. So this was when I realised I was expecting more out of my hearing aids than I realised i could possibly get. And so had a reality check.
After contacting someone at Royal Concert Hall to see who captioned the performance on the day, I was told it was Steve Burrows. If you are reading this, thank you Steve, and thank you STAGETEXT for providing the captions, something that Royal Concert Hall and Theatre Royal always use when providing captioned shows.
I will certainly watch a captioned performance again in the future for anything I want to see.