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Facilities for Deaf and Hearing Impaired People

Mailing list for captioned performances

To join our free mailing list and receive details about captioned performances, please contact us at or call us on 0333 320 0051

Captioned performances

White Noise: Saturday 6 November 2.30pm
The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage: Tuesday 8 February 2022 7:30pm
Straight Line Crazy: Tuesday 31 May 2022, 7.30pm

Captioning is a way of converting the spoken word into visible text that provides d/Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people with access to live performances along with their family and friends. Our captioned performances are also aimed at those whose first language is not English.

We will have a captioned performance for all Bridge Theatre productions and a block of seats is reserved to ensure a good view of the caption box or boxes. Captioned shows are provided by STAGETEXT.

BSL interpreted performances

BSL interpreted performances are for the benefit of those who use sign language. A Trained British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter will stand to one side of the stage and interpret the script used by the performers at the same time as it is being performed.

Seats with the best view of the interpreter will be held back from general sale and set aside for access patrons who require them.

Assisted listening

We have an innovative digital radio frequency system for assisted listening and audio description. Our Sennheiser radio receivers give you access to assisted listening and, at certain performances, audio description.

Devices are available to be collected from the theatre cloakroom with headphones or induction neck loops. You may also use your own headphones.

How To Use

1. Plug in your headphones or induction neck loop.

2. Channels can be selected via the central button on the device:
– Channel 1 is for assisted listening only
– Channel 2 is for assisted listening and audio description
– Channel 3 is for audio description only
(Audio description is only available at certain performances).

3. Adjust your volume via the dial.

Hearing dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome in all spaces of the Bridge Theatre. Please let us know when booking so that we can arrange an aisle seat for you and tell you about any loud noises or special effects that might affect your dog’s comfort. Alternatively, you can leave your dog in the care of our hospitality team.

In the case of an emergency, if it is safe to do so, we will try to reunite a dog with its owner prior to evacuating the building. If this is not possible, staff will bring your dog to the appropriate assembly point.