BSL IN PERFORMANCE

HOW DO VENUES + FESTIVALS BEST SERVE DEAF AUDIENCES? 


Photo: Jeni Draper

Photo: Jeni Draper

 

How do venues and festivals best serve deaf artists and audiences?

Venues and festivals regularly book British Sign Language interpreters, to offer audiences more accessible performances. But what needs to happen to ensure audiences experience a well interpreted show? This event brings together artists, venues, audience members and BSL interpreters for shared conversation and to learn from each other.

This session will explore what happens practically from the point an interpreter is booked. It will explore the various ways in which interpreters work with artists. It will look at purpose of clear sign language provision in relation to the potential of theatrical sign language evolving as an art form. It will ask what audiences want from both and if BSL interpreters are always the best people for the job?

This is the first event in a series of planned sessions taking place across the next year, exploring what is good practice, what is exciting that is happening nationally, what is needed in order to push the boundary between access and art, particularly when working with individual artists and small companies.