Hearing fund boost for theatre

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Derby Theatre has received funding from both the nationalBig Lottery fund and locally-based Derbyshire Community Foundation to improve deaf access at the venue.

The joint funding, in the region of £10,000, has funded the installation of a brand new digital system in the theatre, top quality headsets and induction loop aerials.

The new equipment will enable and enhance a visit to the theatre for deaf and hard of hearing patrons, ensuring Derby Theatre is even more accessible to a wider audience.

The brand new digital system and equipment will replace, and improve on, the existing infrared facility for patrons when seeing performances at Derby Theatre. The new Digital RF headsets are of the highest quality and offer crystal clear sound from every seat in the auditorium. For audience members with their own earphones, they can simply plug them into a discreet body pack where sound is then amplified through the new digital system.

Debra Chantrill, customer services manager at Derby Theatre, said: “We are thrilled to have acquired these sought after grants from both organisations and I would like to say a big thank you on behalf of the theatre and our audience members. I know it will make a huge difference to many, especially those who may re-discover their enjoyment of theatre, simply through being able to hear the performance more

clearly again through the equipment we have been able to acquire. Our aim is always to make theatregoing as accessible to as many as possible.”