Last week I actually managed to leave the house and brave the general population, including * shudder * public transport, to catch a spot of theatre.
It’s not everyday one gets to tell others in a pompous manner that they’re “off to the theatre” but on this occasion it was a completely accessible deaf-friendly show, so I told everyone, a lot.
It might seem a bit overkill to be this excited but BSL/captioned shows aren’t exactly common place, so when a truly deaf accessible show pops up, you bloody well go to it!
The piece in question is a family friendly show called “Finders Keepers” by Hot Coals Theatre. It’s a comical tale with surprisingly emotive bitter-sweet undertones. It gave me ALL THE FEELS!
There is no spoken dialogue but a variety of wacky sound effects and an energetic soundtrack for those that can hear a thing or two. That’s not to say that sound is necessary to the plot, it’s an extra layer of accessibility, perhaps for those with both auditory and visual impairments. Just another way of Hot Coals letting absolutely everyone know they’re welcome.
The story is told through a variety of cunning visual aids including puppets, physical theatre, caricature costumes, innovative props/set, lighting techniques and hilarious moments of audience engagement. The kids in the audience loved it and there’s even a cheeky joke or two for the grown ups!
Overall, I was hugely impressed with what Hot Coals had delivered through pure visual storytelling and being a film fanatic I couldn’t help but be reminded of clever minimal dialogue films such as Albert Lamorisse’s Le Balloon Rouge, and more recently, Disney’s WALL.E. Two great films that hold your attention by SHOWING you an engaging story, just the same as “Finders Keepers” did for me.
It definitely gets my seal of approval.
The show is running until the 29th April at Park Theatre (London), so if you want to see it, get in there and book those tickets pronto! Ya snooze, ya lose!
Read more of Teresa’s posts (with cartoons!) by clicking here.
Teresa is a freelance film maker, photographer and full time cynic. At school, she was voted “Most likely to end up in a lunatic asylum”, a fate which has thus far been avoided. Her pet hates are telephones, intercoms and all living things. Follow her on Twitter as @TGarratty
The Limping Chicken is the world's most popular Deaf blog, and is edited by Deaf journalist and filmmaker Charlie Swinbourne. Find out how to write for us by clicking here, how to follow us by clicking here, and read our disclaimer here.
The site exists thanks to our supporters. Check them out below:
- Eyewitness Media: TV and film from a Deaf perspective
- Ai-Media: Remote captioning. Find out about the Deaf fashion bloggers taking on the world!
- Bellman & Symfon: home alerting solutions
- Deaf Umbrella: sign language interpreting and communications support
- Appa: Communication services for Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing people
- SignLive: Online video interpreting for Deaf people
- SignVideo: Instant BSL video interpreting online
- 121 Captions: captioning and speech-to-text services
- Signature: Leading awarding body for BSL qualifications
- The National Theatre: Captioned and BSL accessible theatre in London
- Doncaster School for the Deaf: education for Deaf children
- Signworld: Learn BSL online!
- Action Deafness Communications: sign language and Red Dot online video interpreting
- BSLcourses.co.uk: Provider of online BSL courses
- Association of Notetaking Professionals: The professional body representing Electronic and Manual Notetakers
- Sign Solutions: communication support, training and translation
- InterpretersLive: On demand BSL video interpretation
- Cast Theatre, Doncaster: The UK's the UK’s first fully BSL integrated pantomime
- Hamilton Lodge School in Brighton: education for Deaf children
- Lipspeaker UK: specialist lipspeaking support
- Ozen: Australian hearing aid specialists
- Elmfield School, Bristol: Inclusive education for Deaf pupils
- deafPLUS: BSL advice helpline
- Exeter Deaf Academy: education for Deaf children
- Royal Shakespeare Company: Captioned and BSL interpreted performances (see dates here)
- Royal School for the Deaf, Derby: Residential education for deaf children
- RAD Tax Advice: Tax and Tax Credit info for Deaf people
- Deaf Independent: Deaf care and support services
- Performance Interpreting: BSL interpreting at concerts
- National Deaf Children's Society: The leading charity for deaf children
- Signed Culture: Advocating for BSL access to arts and culture
- SignHealth: healthcare charity for Deaf people
- CJ Interpreting: communication support in BSL
- British Society for Mental Health and Deafness: Promoting positive mental health for deaf people