|Extant in association with Turtle Key Arts|
The fifty year old New Life Theatre Company of blind actors from Zagreb, have taken a book of short stories by the Russian writer D.I.Harms and created a highly physical, absurdist piece, brimming over with energy and humour, that amounts to the most challenging and exciting piece of theatre by a company of visually impaired actors that has ever been staged.
For the first time ever, in this country or abroad, a foreign language production will have simultaneous audio language and audio description via headsets to all the audience, making this a unique shared experience between the blind and sighted audience.
Usually only blind audiences experience the technical support of audio description, providing descriptions of visual action, sets and characters on stage, however, by broadening this service to include language translation we aim to raise awareness by transforming essential access needs into a unique shared experience between the blind and sighted audience.
Extant, Turtle Key Arts and Topright worked closely together on the publicity design to ensure that it was accessible to the blind, visually impaired and sighted. The leaflet design was embossed with Braille information and was deliberately designed using high contrast colours and images. This method of design was ground breaking at the time and has continued to lead to many enquiries for advice from other like minded arts, dis-ability organisations.
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