The Difference Engine
Every performance of JOAN will be captioned using hand-held captioning equipment for deaf, and hard of hearing audiences called The Difference Engine. This will make the show more accessible for d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences, as well as those who struggle with spoken English.
Here's what you need to know:
- The Difference Engine can be downloaded onto your smart phone or tablet before the show
- Please try to arrive 30 minutes before the show so that we have time to give clear instructions to each individual audience member
- The captioning is streamed directly to your phone so we recommend that your mobile device is fully charged prior to the performance
- There will be battery packs available for audience members whose phone is low on battery
- This is not a replacement for BSL and we appreciate it will not be suitable for all d/Deaf audiences
- If you want to use The Difference Engine please inform Box Office when you arrive
We would really value your feedback and support in making more of our work d/Deaf accessible, so if you use The Difference Engine, please let us know what you think after the show.
Here is a review of The Difference Engine from an audience member who saw JOAN at Derby Theatre in 2016:
"I was most impressed in the high quality standard of the captions and how perfect it fitted into the small scale one woman monologue performance of Joan.
As a hearing aid user who lip reads, I found this technology allows me to fully understand the whole performance with ease.
I found I could read quickly ahead and to be able to watch the whole show in order to capture the emotions and the visual aspect of the character performance.
I have watch many stage close captioned which are often at the side of the stage and by the time I read them, I have missed the performance of the character. I found the large captions can be distracting the show.
I thoroughly enjoyed how the caption portrays the difference italics voices to present the various characters within the show and the description of the music genre.
The captions writing quality is a perfect colour contrast in Yellow and black was easy to read.
I most definitely would use this technology again as I feel I was in control of my access and it was discreet to have the options to glance and having the ability to read ahead. I felt integrated as there was humour, audience participation and emotions which I felt synchronised with rest of the audience instead of receiving the information second later on.
I am now a fan."
The Difference Engine is developed by Talking Birds Theatre Company to provide access to experimental, small scale and site-specific performance. It broadcasts captions to smart phones and tablets.