Sign language opens up show to deaf theatregoers
ALOCAL drama group is claiming a first by providing signed performances for deaf theatregoers. The evening performance of the Sweeney Todd, Shock and Roll Show by Singleton Dreamdragons Community Theatre Group on Saturday, May 22, will be a signed performance, courtesy of British Sign Language interpreter Jenny Jackson. Jenny, the daughter of Brian Jackson, one of the group’s founder members, has been studying BSL for several years and signed a performance of Pinocchio last November. One audience member who is deaf, and has been attending Dreamdragons’ productions for many years, said it was the first time she had been able to follow the plot properly. Dreamdragons’ chairman Mandy Bedford said: “As a community group we try hard to make sure we are accessible to all. “We are very proud to be able to provide this service and very grateful to Jenny for making it possible. “We believe this is a first for a local amateur drama group and we aim to have at least one signed performance for all our shows in the future.”
Tickets for the show are now on sale, call the box office on 01233 639427 for details.
Jenny Jackson who will give signed help for the deaf at a performance of Sweeney Todd Shock and Roll Show by Singleton Dreamdragons Community Theatre Group
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