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Artists and deaf community unite to make extraordinary theatre

BID Services, the Deaf Cultural Centre and The REP Theatre are working together to bring a new collaborative theatre project over Spring 2017. We are looking for professional as well as amateur actors to be involved in this exciting new project.

Artists with experience of theatre work will be working with local communities in a year long project to make extraordinary theatre that will be performed in the location where it was made in 2017. This has been made possible by the Furnace project via The REP. The aim of the Furnace project is to get the communities involved in the full process of coming up with a story, developing it into a piece of theatre work and then acting in the final performance.

Alex Zeldin and Nyasha Gudo, artists and directors from The REP will be working with the deaf and hard of hearing communities within the Midlands via the Deaf Cultural Centre. The first workshop will be taking place on Wednesday 18th January from 6pm until 8pm at the Deaf Cultural Centre. This session is suitable for anyone interested in being part of a new theatre project and will focus on how a show can be developed for hearing and deaf audiences using some sign language as well as some introductory theatre exercises for those new to theatre and acting. Participants must be 18 and over.

If you would like to find out more about this project, please contact Lisa Davies via email lisa.davies@bid.org.uk or you can download our flyer.

There will also be a number of theatre workshops running throughout March and April, to be held at the Deaf Cultural Centre.

Wednesday 15 March, 3pm – 7pm: Create a Play in a Day
Wednesday 22 March, same time: Creating stories for performance
Wednesday 29 March, same time: Introduction to Theatre Directing
Wednesday 5 April, same time: Write a Play in a Day

Anyone is very welcome to come to more than one of these sessions, though both Play in a Day workshops will be the same. These workshops are for anyone, whether you have previous experience in theatre or not. Participants must also be 18 and over.

Places for the four workshops are limited. If you are interested in taking part, you will need to register either with Lisa Davies or directly with The REP via furnace@birmingham-rep.co.uk.

Please note that BSL interpreters will be provided for the 18th January session as well as the four workshops.