Rhinestone Rex and Miss Monica

Date(s) - 5 Oct 2012
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Theatre Royal Hobart


Are you or do you know anyone who is deaf or hard of hearing?

What do a classical musician and retired country and western singer have in common?

In Tasmania 1 in 6 people are hard of hearing, which is higher than the national average.

Arts Tasmania has partnered with the Theatre Royal and The Captioning Studio in Adelaide on a pilot project that captions live theatre to make it more accessible to the Deaf and hard of hearing.

The next show to be captioned in this pilot will be Rhinestone Rex and Miss Monica by David Williamson at the Theatre Royal.

The play is about Monica, a classical musician, and Gary, a retired country and western singer. All Monica wants is for Gary to do the job he’s being paid for and renovate her kitchen. Gary can’t find much about Monica to like but still finds her attractive in a cold, rigid and inflexible kind of way. Can they find a way past all their conflicts towards a harmonious and fulfilling relationship?

We have discounted tickets for people who are willing to help us assess the captioning of the show.

Contact Marianne Taylor at Arts Tasmania to purchase a discounted ticked to see the captioned performance of Rhinestone Rex and Miss Monica and answer some questions about the captioning after the performance.

WHEN: Saturday 6th October, 8pm
COST: $35
CONTACT: Marianne Taylor, Arts Tasmania, marianne.taylor@arts.tas.gov.au, or call 0439 599 572
More information about the captioning:
What are open captions?

Open Captions is a text display on a large screen in the theatre auditorium, that includes descriptions of dialogue, music and other sound effects.

How does it work?

The Captioning Studio are based in Adelaide and they have patented the GoTheatrical!™ Open Captions service. Many Australian venues are offering GoTheatrical!™ captioned performances and The Captioning Studio have won numerous awards for their services.

The captions are delivered via the internet and displayed on a plasma screen within the auditorium. The Captioning Studio “listen in” via analogue phone line or Skype to the performance and operate the captions live so that any ad-libbing by actors is captured in the captions.

Relevant Legislation

Australia ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights or Persons with disabilities in mid-2008. This ratification means that Australia has joined other nations in a worldwide effort to promote the equal and active participation of all people with disability. Arts Tasmania works towards this effort through its Arts and Disability Program and aims to break down the social barriers that prevent people with disability to access and participate in the arts.

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