Deafinitely Theatre has announced the world premiere of new play Everyday.
As part of Deafinitely Theatre’s 20th anniversary season, artistic director Paula Garfield’s new piece will run at the New Diorama Theatre from 20 May (previews from 16 May) through to 11 June.
Commissioned by the venue and written and directed by Garfield, the play is based on interviews conducted with deaf women who have survived domestic abuse. Performed in BSL and spoken English for a deaf and hearing audience, the show will head on a national tour with venues including Northern Stage following its premiere.
As part of its new season, Deafinitely Theatre have also launched Talking Hands, a series of brand-new digital films highlighting urgent, everyday stories affecting the deaf community. Full details will be announced shortly.
Paula Garfield said: “We’re enormously proud of everything we have achieved over the past 20 years, creating world class theatre accessible to everyone. We begin our 20th anniversary season with Everyday – based on my interviews with deaf women who have survived domestic abuse. It’s a vital and necessary conversation, with instances of domestic abuse rising significantly as a result of the lockdowns of the past 18 months.
“Our intention is to raise awareness about violence against deaf women – an issue prevalent in our community with deaf twice as likely as their hearing peers to suffer domestic abuse, but also to address this important and challenging issue in a sensitive, and ultimately, uplifting manner.”
Patron Joanna Lumley added: “This is a fantastic anniversary for Deafinitely Theatre, which has been at the forefront of accessible theatre since its founding as the UK’s first deaf led professional theatre company twenty years ago. Its important and ground-breaking bilingual work has delighted deaf and hearing audiences of all ages, won awards and broken barriers.
“Indispensable training programmes have changed the lives of countless deaf young people and nurtured the next generation of deaf talent. Deafinitely is an invaluable part of the British theatre landscape and the deaf community, who I know will join me in celebrating two decades of inspirational work, with many more to come.”
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