‘Tune into Arts’ with captioned ‘Re-energize’

The story of one Derry punk band as told by award winning laywright Gary Mitchell 'Reenergise' runs at The playhouse Theatre all this week.

The story of one Derry punk band as told by award winning laywright Gary Mitchell 'Reenergise' runs at The playhouse Theatre all this week.

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An evening performance of the long-awaited play ‘Re-energize’ will be captioned this Friday night, May 17, for audiences who are deaf or hard of hearing in the city.

As part of ‘Captioned Culture: Tune into Arts’, the play will boast a large screen to the front of the theatre with the captions of speech and sounds for those who may require it. This fantastic new way of making the arts all-inclusive first made an appearance at a recent performance of Brian Friel’s ‘Translations’ in the Millennium Forum. ‘Re-energised’ this Friday at The Playhouse will be the second performance captioned, making the arts truly accessible to all.

Eglinton man Michael Deery is the first person appointed locally as Administrator and Network Builder for Captioned Culture. He believes this is vitally important if we are to attract more deaf and hard of hearing audiences to the theatre throughout 2013.

“I’m hoping to bring the theatre to people who are deaf or hard of hearing and also hoping to provide something similar for people who are partially-sighted in the near future too. The theatres hire the screens and then get the money back through the Arts and Disability Equality Charter, so it costs them very little to do this.

“I’d recommend that if you’re going, ring up the theatre and let them know you need a seat with a view of the captions,” he added.

Written by one of Northern Ireland’s leading playwrights Gary Mitchell, ‘Re-energize’ is set thirty years after ‘Punk-tastic’ success of ‘Energy’, where a wannabe punk band rehearsed, bickered and tried to get their act together for that all-important first gig. Tickets: £14/ £10 (preview on Monday, May 13, all tickets £10). See facebook: www.captionedculturederry-londonderry2013 for info on tuning into the arts.