NTGent theatre offers a special tablet for non-Dutch speakers
The NTGent in Ghent now offers its blind, deaf and non-Dutch-speaking audience a special tablet so that they can follow the performances optimally.
With these personalised tablets, blind, deaf and non-Dutch-speaking spectators can follow a performance using subtitles, sign language or audio description, depending on their needs. The tablets have a dark background so as not to disturb the audience in the theatre, and can be held in the hand or placed on a special stand.
Free of charge
In total there are 25 of these tablets available at NTGent, which can be used free of charge, although the NTGent has to pay some 5,000 euros to put each performance on the tablet. The costs are mainly for recording the sign language and the audio descriptions.
The project was already launched back in 2020. Due to the coronavirus epidemic, the audience was unable to enjoy it because the performances had to be suspended for months. Now that the situation is almost back to normal for the theatre companies, NTGent is starting up the 'theatre tablets' again.
All performances produced by the NTGent in the 2022-2023 season will also be transferred to the theatre tablet. In total, six productions are involved.
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