Soho Theatre Company

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Soho Theatre’s doors are open to all and it strives to respond innovatively and creatively to making all of its programmes accessible to the widest possible audience. Soho Theatre is seeking funds in order to sustain and develop its provision of accessible performances, to include Signed, audio-described and captioned performances for all main stage and studio productions, as its current three-year funding stream for this programme comes to an end in March 2010.

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In 2007 the City Bridge Trust granted Soho Theatre 3-year funding at £25,000 a year to deliver three access projects: - Signed, audio-described and captioned performances for all main stage shows as standard and extension of this to include some studio performances - A part-time Audience Development Officer to build on and extend the existing database of disabled theatre-goers - Increased marketing activity to these groups of Deaf and disabled individuals and implementation of brand new access initiatives This was a real break-through for the organisation and enabled us to make a public commitment to our audience with access needs. The employment of a part-time Access Officer broke new ground too as we became the only theatre with a dedicated access officer from the disabled community. ‘One theatre which has excellent access is the Soho Theatre. It’s an imaginative approach: the theatre tries to accommodate every request, viewing access from the perspective of the person with a disability.’ Time Out, October 2009 Over the past three years we have achieved over and above our original aspirations whilst being able to deliver extra initiatives to truly embed access within the company as a whole, earning a reputation of innovation within the industry and to the theatre-going public. Brief Financial Breakdown - 2010/11 Audio described, BSL and captioned performances based on £400/£500 per requirement = £10,000 Access Officer salary, p/t for 12 months @ 2.5 days per week = £10,000 Marketing & Access initiatives (e.g. palentypist etc) = £5,000 We are seeking funds to continue this important work for the next three years.

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