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Deafinitely Theatre announces full line up for 20th anniversary season

Deafinitely Theatre Getting There

Deafinitely Theatre has announced the full line up for its 20th anniversary season.

Founded in 2002, Deafinitely Theatre is the UK’s first deaf led and launched theatre company with a creative programme that reaches over 3,700 people each year.

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This week Artistic Director Paula Garfield announced the full line-up for their 20th Anniversary Season.

First in the line-up is James Baldwin’s innovative new show, staged on board a bus, Getting There, produced by Toucan Theatre and Oxford Playhouse, in association with Deafinitely Theatre and Be Free Young Carers. Getting There explores life as a young carer, giving voice to the stories of young people in Oxfordshire and the contributions they make to their families, schools, and local communities, and tour secondary schools in Oxfordshire from Monday 21 March until Friday 1 April.

This is followed by the world première of Everyday, written and directed by Paula Garfield, a new play written and directed by Garfield based on interviews conducted with deaf women and non-binary people who have survived domestic abuse.

The cast will feature Fifi Garfield, Kelsey Gordon, Zoë McWhinney and Bea Webster. The production, in BSL and spoken English for a deaf and hearing audience, commissioned by New Diorama Theatre, opens at the venue on 20 May, with previews from 16 May, and runs until 11 June, ahead of a national tour visiting Birmingham Rep (16-18 June) and York Theatre Royal (21-22 June) before culminating at Northern Stage (24-25 June).

Joining the previously announced Talking Hands short films, in association with Paines Plough, about the deaf experience of the Coronavirus pandemic, I Still Blame Myself by Lianne Herbert, starring Kelsey Gordon; Keeping Hope by Melissa Mostyn starring Nadia Nadarajah; and Lockdown Hairy written and performed by EJ Raymond are Life, It Goes On by Abigail Gorman, starring Bea Webster and The Woman I Am written and performed by Samantha Pearsall, which will be released in the summer, to complete the series of five short films.

Life, It Goes On and The Woman I Am will be available alongside the previously released Talking Hands films at www.deafinitelytheatre.co.uk/talking-hands.

Paula Garfield, Artistic Director of Deafinitely Theatre, said: “We are so proud and excited about the forthcoming 20th anniversary year for Deafinitely Theatre. From our collaboration in Oxford on a bus with Getting There to our main production of Everyday at the New Diorama Theatre in May and on tour across the UK in June.

“We’re so thrilled to be breaking down taboos and stereotypes of deaf people and showing what we can achieve and what makes up our rich and diverse deaf community in 2022 and beyond. We’re so pleased to be working with more deaf writers, particularly on our short films – Talking Hands – which are giving a voice to members of the deaf community from a range of backgrounds – LGBTQIA+, non-binary and others.

“We are thrilled that our 20th anniversary season will be celebrating stories by a diverse range of deaf writers and getting their voices on stage and on screen makes me so proud to celebrate our 20th anniversary and look forward to what we can create in the future.”

For full information, dates, venues and tickets visit deafinitelytheatre.co.uk

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