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RSC and semi-integrated signed performances

Posted on | January 28, 2017 | No Comments

Ooh, have you seen?

The RSC ‘continues its commitment to semi-integrated British sign language performances’ where interpreters appear on stage with the actors, dressed as appropriate characters.

This was its announcement for Midsummer Night’s Dream last summer, which followed on from the success of the technique in its production of the Christmas Truce on 2015. The technique has been introduced by Erica Whyman, now Depute Artistic Director with the RSC, and formerly with Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne, where integrated signed performances were also part of the access strategy for audience with special needs.

As Whyman said, as Christmas Truce was launched, ‘We are always looking for ways to offer as many people as possible access to our work and this is a fantastic way to bring it alive……..Caroline, the sign language interpreter, will be close up with the actors in the thick of the action dressed as a nurse. We hope that this will offer all of our audiences a better experience.’

I have good reason to believe that the RSC is committed to continuing its access to deaf children and adults. More of this anon….


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