Sign lan­guage opens up show to deaf the­atre­go­ers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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

Renowned flute spe­cial­ist Trevor Wye, from Hast­in­gleigh, gave a demon­stra­tion on how the in­stru­ments are made and played. His stu­dents are pic­tured giv­ing a per­for­mance

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