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We support Dementia Friendly and Accessible concerts

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We are continuing our successful partnership with the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff by providing funding for dementia friendly concerts and more accessible performances for people with hearing loss.

The funding will enable more accessible performances and dementia friendly concerts than ever in the 18/19 season.

Picture caption: Students at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama pictured at one of the Dementia Friendly concerts held in Cardiff.

Our support is enabling a series of dementia friendly concerts to be held at the College as it works to become a dementia friendly venue.

During the concerts, consideration is given to everything from sound and lighting, signage and refreshment services. There will also be lots of friendly staff on hand to provide additional assistance.

WPD’s Karen Welch said: “We are delighted to be working with the College to help older people and those with hearing loss to access some fantastic student performances.

“At the concerts we take the opportunity to inform and advise those attending about our free Priority Services Register.

“The register is designed to help customers who may be disabled, have medical conditions or have specific communication needs such as hearing loss during a power cut.

The College introduced British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation in 2017, and at least one of the in-house productions by the College’s Richard Burton Company per season is now BSL interpreted.

The funding means the College will now also be able to offer two performances as a Captioned Performance in 18/19 as well as offering ‘Introduction to Captioning’ training for stage management and technical theatre students.

Captioning is similar to subtitles on television, enabling deaf or people with hearing loss to read every word the actors say or sing.

The text is displayed on one or two LED caption units which are placed on, or as near as possible to, the set. As well as displaying dialogue, the unit also displays character names, sound effects, and descriptions of music during the performance.

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