About Us

Scene and Sound is a community group which is currently run by volunteers. Our aim is to provide information about local arts organisations for Deaf, deafened, hard of hearing, blind and partially sighted people and people with complex communication needs..

We also work closely with our members to help them to improve their awareness of your needs.

Your feedback is important. Email Scene and Sound at info@sceneandsound.co.uk and we will pass your comments on.

Short History

The idea for a one-stop-shop for find out about arts events came from a series of discussions between users and local theatres. A pilot website was set up in 2009 and proving successful has now led to Scene and Sound’s current website.

Since 2009, accessible performances have become more acceptable and are growing to include Relaxed and Chilled performances for people with autism, learning and sensory disorders. Scene and Sound has now expanded its work to include these in their What’s On page on the website.

We also pride ourselves on being pro-active and supporting arts organisations to become more aware of the needs of their audiences for assisted events and we would like to ensure that attending an event is becoming easier and more enjoyable for our audiences.

Education is an important part of our work. Many people who would benefit from assisted performances simply are not aware of their existence. We are currently working with groups across the country to raise awareness.

Management Group Membership

Stef Bell – Chair: Stef founded Scene and Sound in 2009, finding funds for the initial pilot website. She is a fully qualified audio describer and captioner. She works largely in the Midlands.

Ed Green – Secretary: Ed’s background is in arts marketing. Ed currently heads up Marketing, Sales & Business Development for Derby City Council’s Leisure & Culture department – including Derby LIVE.

Jean Roulinson – Treasurer: Jean is interested in theatre, particularly musical theatre and worked as an usher at the former Derby Playhouse. She has produced the Flying High Gang Show for Scouts and Guides for the past 20 years.

Simon Astill – Committee Member: Simon became profoundly Deaf at the age of 6 due to meningitis. Simon is a Musical Director of two Signing Choirs through his company Harmoneyes.

Sarah Gatford – Committee Member: Sarah is a Registered Qualified BSL Interpreter with the National Register of Communication Professionals with Deaf and Deaf-Blind People – NRCPD (RSLI) and the contact person for the East Midlands branch of the Association of Sign Language Interpreters (ASLI).  She specialises in theatre interpreting.

Emily Malen – Committee Member: Emily initially worked in Special Education Needs (SEN) before moving to Theatre. Currently working in the Front of House Team and Access Development at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall, for the past 10 years Emily has been helping to make the arts accessible to all.

Colin Thomson – Committee Member:  Colin is the fourth generation of his family who is Deaf.  He loves going to the theatre, particularly BSL interpreted performances.

Amanda Read – Committee Member: Amanda is partially sighted and has recently discovered audio description in theatres which has led to her renewing her love for live stage productions.

All the members of the committee are committed to making arts accessible to all.