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Accessible theatre-making for spectators with visual impairment: Cahoots NI's The Gift.

Maguire, Tom (2015) Accessible theatre-making for spectators with visual impairment: Cahoots NI's The Gift. CAHOOTS NI. 23 pp. [Research report (external)]

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Abstract

This report, completed by Tom Maguire on behalf of CAHOOTS NI, was commissioned to document and assess the ways in which the production, The Gift, would be able to provide an experience of a theatrical performance for spectators with visual impairment in which they would be fully integrated with sighted spectators. The project identified and through a variety of strategies and number of stages of development attempted to address a number of issues. The principles of universal design were adopted from the outset to overcome the barriers to full access within an integrated experience. Evaluating the effectiveness of these strategies was constrained by the limited funding to support an in-depth reception study. There were further limits on the capacity to access child spectators individually and within groups, without repeating in the research process the very discrimination between sighted spectators and those with visual impairment that the project aimed to overcome. There were also some negative impacts on the aesthetic experience of the production for sighted spectators that were neither intended nor expected. Nonetheless, it is clear that there are a number of ways in which the processes used within this production might be adopted by or adapted for any new performance, provided that they are built-in from the outset.

Item Type:Research report (external)
Keywords:TYA; inclusion strategies; universal design; visual impairment
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of Creative Arts and Technologies
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Arts and Humanities Research Institute > Creative Arts and Technologies
ID Code:35651
Deposited By: Dr Thomas Maguire
Deposited On:25 Oct 2016 07:43
Last Modified:25 Oct 2016 07:43

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