It’s entirely possible that this blogpost might be construed as blowing our own trumpets (or something) but, you know, I’m going to post it anyway. Just because it is not every day that you get such an absolutely lovely email that makes you pleased that you do what you do – and makes you want to keep doing it. So here goes:

“I would like to express my gratitude for your informing me of the captioning with The Difference Engine. I was most impressed with the high quality standard of the captions and how perfectly it fitted into the small scale one woman monologue performance of Joan.

“As a hearing aid user who lip reads, I found this technology allowed me to fully understand the whole performance with ease. I found I could read quickly ahead and be able to watch the whole show in order to capture the emotions and the visual aspect of the character’s performance. I have watched many [shows with]…closed captions which are often at the side of the stage and by the time I read them, I have missed the performance of the character…the large captions can be distracting…I thoroughly enjoyed how the captions portrayed the different voices to present the various characters within the show and the description of the music genre.

“I most definitely would use this technology again as I feel I was in control of my access and it was discreet [with] the option to glance and…the ability to read ahead. I felt integrated, as there was humour, audience participation and emotions which I felt synchronised with the rest of the audience instead of receiving the information second, later on.

“I am now a fan. Thank you Talking Birds for the technology and…Derby Theatre and Milk Production for allowing the show to be accessible.”

**In case you missed it; Here at Talking Birds we are still looking for a Tech Genius* to work with us on the further development of the Difference Engine and our other techy stuff. If you know someone who might be interested, please get them to look at this (some details including deadline dates are about to be altered, and previous applicants need not re-apply etc etc but it’ll give you the gist – if you’re interested, please do get in touch).

* This is definitely an official job title and exactly what it will say on the business cards 😉

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