Do you have a deaf relative who lives in West Suffolk?
Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds has been running Captioned and BSL interpreted performances for a few years, the more people that are using the service of BSL interpreters and captioning, then the more shows will be made available but they need to know that there is a call for the service.
Peter Pan Wed Dec 11 at 7pm and a relaxed performance Thu Jan 9 at 7pm and Fri 10 Jan 10.30am.
Shirley Valentine Sat 15 Feb at 3pm Suitable for ages 14+.
On a personal note, my son is deaf, and he is my world. One of my dreams is for my son to enjoy some of the simple pleasures in life, things that we take for granted, like going to see films or watch a show in the theatre whenever it pleases us. Alex would like to be like everybody else, and be able to go to a captioned show of his choice, but this is, at the moment, not possible.
The problem is, that captioned performances are extremely limited mainly because is an expensive service and when it is available, not many people know about the service, hence there are low attendance numbers. I am hoping this will soon change as we live in a wonderful time of change, awareness and accessibility for all.
Aaron Weight, Marketing and Communications Office at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds says: “We have been thinking about offering BSL interpreted and captioned performances for a while, and we hope that the public will choose to attend these performances”
Theatre Royal is interested in hearing from groups who would want to make use of these accessible performances, and will be able to look at scheduling more of them if there is enough interest to do so. For more information please contact Aaron on 01284 829931 or email firstname.lastname@example.org