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Innovation vs Practicality vs Entertainment

Mevel, Pierre-Alexis; Robinson, Jo; Tennent, Paul

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Jo Robinson


This article examines the use of inclusive technological solutions to promote accessibility on stage. Specifically, it concentrates on the way technological solutions are developed and integrated into a show’s design both in terms of the immersion and entertainment provided by the end-product, but also in practical ways, to make the technological solutions affordable and practical from the perspective of designing and running a show. The article is based on the empirical findings of a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (United Kingdom) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) that brought together Red Earth Theatre, a small-scale touring theatre company based in the UK with an established track record and commitment to research in inclusive integrated communication for young audiences (with a focus on Deaf audiences) and an interdisciplinary team of researchers across arts and computer sciences at the University of Nottingham. The researchers developed technological solutions that would allow for accessibility to be embedded into the creative process (following principles similar to those of accessible filmmaking). Any such solutions, however, have to strike a balance between affordability, practical integration into workflows and particularly the design possibilities and creative options they present. They also have to successfully embed accessibility into performances in ways that are going to not only enable immersion, but also add to the semiotic richness and entertainment value of a show for all members of the audience, whatever their needs.


Mevel, P., Robinson, J., & Tennent, P. (2023). Innovation vs Practicality vs Entertainment. inTRAlinea: Online Translation Journal, Special issue: Inclusive theatre-making: translation, accessibility and beyond, Article 2595

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 30, 2022
Online Publication Date Jan 5, 2023
Publication Date Jan 5, 2023
Deposit Date Jan 5, 2023
Publicly Available Date Jan 13, 2023
Journal inTRAlinea: Online Translation Journal
Electronic ISSN 1827-000X
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume Special issue: Inclusive theatre-making: translation, accessibility and beyond
Article Number 2595
Keywords accessibility, surtitling, inclusion, immersion, creative captions, technology
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