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Bollywood Star Director in Conversation at BFI Southbank

Date: June 23, 2017

Time: 6:30pm

Location: BFI Southbank

The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival hosts a BSL signed on-stage talk by one of the moguls of Bollywood.

If you know nothing about the world’s greatest film industry, or think you are an expert, check out this remarkable guy and his spectacular career making some of India’s greatest movies – from the Oscar nominated cricket – Indian village vs the British Raj epic – Lagaan to thousands of horses and elephants in battle scenes and romance of the Mughal movie Jodhaa Akbar.

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Scottish Sensory Centre Seminars & Workshops

Start date: June 23, 2017

End date: June 24, 2017

Time: All day

Location: University of Edinburgh

Scottish Sensory Centre - Seminar and workshop

Professor Greg Leigh is coming over from Australia to Scotland in June this year. Greg will be delivering  two presentations – a full day and a keynote address. 

The first event is a full day with Greg for the SSC’s CLPL programme of seminars and workshops:

Outcomes for Children who are Deaf or Hearing Impaired – Understanding language and literacy challenges — Issues in access, assessment, and intervention: Friday 23rd 2017

 A) Full details and programme – tap here

The second event is at the ADEPT/SSC Conference where Greg is the first keynote presenter, before your workshop sessions begin.

Aiming higher for deaf students – What works? What could work on?: Saturday, 24th June, 2017

 B) Full details and programme – tap here

Both these events will provide a wonderful opportunity for those involved in deaf education to hear directly from Greg Leigh; choose from a varied programme of workshops as well as poster sessions and exhibitor stalls.

Twelfth Night

Start date: July 4, 2017

End date: July 8, 2017

Time: 7:30pm

Location: The Bowes Museum

British Sign Language (BSL) integrated performance on Wednesday 5th July, 7.30pm

Barnard Castle-based Castle Players will be including a British Sign Language (BSL) integrated performance of this summer’s production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The performance takes place in the grounds of the Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle.

Professional BSL interpreter, Caroline Ryan, will work with the company in advance of the performance to enable her to integrate her signing into the action of the play. Ms Ryan has worked with numerous professional theatre companies around the country, including the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Twelfth Night plays from Tuesday 4th- Saturday 8th July with the BSL Integrated signed performance on Wednesday 5th July

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Adventures in Moominland

Start date: June 30, 2017

End date: August 15, 2017

Location: The Southbank Centre

Venue: The Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX London, UK.
Dates with BSL Integrated Interpreted Tours:
Friday 30 June, 6.15pm
Thursday 27 July, 7.15pm
Tuesday 15 August, 6.15pm
Price: £12 – £18
Booking fee: £1.75 (Members £0.00)
Book online: www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Climb into and get lost inside the eccentric world of Moominland as we explore the internationally renowned Moomin stories through the life of its author, Tove Jansson.

Created in Finland, the Moomin stories are set in the fictional land of Moominvalley and centre around several oddly-shaped characters, including Moominpappa, Moominmamma, little Moomintroll and their friends.

Join us on an enthralling journey through our wondrous Moominland – clamber through forests, huddle in caves or set sail on the high seas to try and find the Moomin family. Along the way you can learn how Tove Jansson created these unique landscapes, characters and stories, while uncovering some special original drawings.

Tours run approximately 50 minutes. You can only enter the exhibition at the time on your ticket and latecomers are not admitted. There must be a minimum of one adult for every three children and buggies and large bags are not permitted.

For directions to Adventures in Moominland, please download this PDF map.

Age recommendation: For ages 7+ Not suitable for younger children (including toddlers and babes in arms).

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Discover UCL – Summer School

Start date: August 14, 2017

End date: August 16, 2017

Location: University College London, London, WC1E 6BT

The Discover UCL Summer School is an award–winning programme exclusively for D/deaf and hard of hearing students in Years 11 and 12. The summer school is a three-day residential programme that gives you the chance to find out more about UCL through staying in university halls of residence in the heart of central London, and by taking part in fun, practical and academic sessions at UCL.

About the Summer School:
During the summer school, you will be able to take part in academic taster sessions and hands-on workshops. You will also learn important information about applying to university and the support available to D/deaf and hard of hearing students who choose to go to university. You will also meet D/deaf and hard of hearing graduates who will tell you what you need to know about university, and what they are up to now. In the evening, we have fun activities in London! UCL will provide BSL interpreters throughout the programme and Palantypists for the academic sessions to ensure that you have communication support during the summer school. See what former summer school participants say.

Priority will be given to students who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Have achieved/are on track to achieve at least five GCSEs at A–C grades, or equivalent qualifications
  • Are studying/planning to study A/S Levels, BTEC, or equivalent level 3 qualifications
  • Will be the first person in their family to attend university
  • Come from neighbourhoods with low overall progression rates to higher education
  • Have parents with nonprofessional occupations

Quick facts:

  • The summer school is free of charge to attend
  • UCL will cover the cost of your travel, accommodation, all meals, and refreshments
  • It runs from Monday 14 – Wednesday 16 August 2017
  • There are 15 spaces available for year 11 and year 12 students
  • You must have 100% attendance at the summer school

Visit website for more info: www.ucl.ac.uk/wp/discover-ucl

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Open Air Theatre – Regent’s Park

Start date: June 22, 2017

End date: September 8, 2017

Time: 7:45pm

Location: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Jesus Christ Superstar 2016. Photo: David Jensen.

Tickets are now on sale for captioned performances taking place this summer at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

Don’t miss their biggest dance musical yet, On The Town (22 June, 7.45pm), featuring Danny Mac in the role made famous on screen by Gene Kelly.

This is followed by a new play adaptation of Charles Dickens’ epic story A Tale of Two Cities (4 August, 7.45pm), directed by Timothy Sheader, with 2016’s Olivier Award-winning production of Jesus Christ Superstar (8 September, 7.45pm) returning to conclude the season.

Heart-stopping theatre in this truly unique outdoor venue makes for a perfect evening to share with family and friends.

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Date: September 9, 2017

Time: 2:30pm

Location: The Orchard Theatre, Dartford


Signed performance Saturday 9 September 2.30pm

Venue: The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, DA1 1ED
Book online: www.orchardtheatre.co.uk
Ticket Office: 01322 220000

The international smash hit musical comedy Hairspray the Musical is coming to Dartford!

Baltimore, 1962. Tracy Turnblad is a big girl with big hair and an even bigger dream: to dance her way onto national TV, and into the heart of teen idol Link Larkin. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for integration. But can she win equality – and Link’s heart – without denting her ‘do?

Don’t miss this irresistible feel-good show that is guaranteed to have you dancing the night away.

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What the Ladybird Heard – West End debut

Start date: July 5, 2017

End date: September 10, 2017

Location: Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue

What the Ladybird Heard


The BSL performance will be open to all, but will be signed by the British Sign Language interpreter for families and children with hearing impairments. The interpreter will be integrated into the show and so will move around the stage with the performers.


Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ best-selling picture book What the Ladybird Heard make its West End debut this summer at the Lyric Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue on 5 July and runs until 10 September for a limited summer season.

Two crafty robbers, one tiny ladybird, and a whole farmyard of fun! Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. But they reckon without the tiniest, quietest creature of all: the Ladybird has a plan of her own!

Join the woolly sheep, the hairy hog, the fat red hen and the dainty dog in this glittering stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ colourful farmyard adventure. With live music, puppetry, plenty of audience participation and lots of laughs, this production is the perfect treat for all the family.  

Julia Donaldson is one of the most popular writers of children’s books today; her titles include The GruffaloThe Gruffalo’s Child and Room on the Broom. Other titles by Donaldson and Scheffler include The Snail & the WhaleA Squash and a SqueezeThe Smartest Giant in Town and The Tales from Acorn Wood series.

Take advantage of the ACCESS rate for the BSL performance on Thursday 13 July 11am.

Call Access on 0330 333 4815 or email access@nimaxtheatres.com

Or for standard booking information click below:

>> Book now via telephone: 0330 333 4812

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Toneelgroep Amsterdam: After the Rehearsal/Persona

Start date: September 20, 2017

End date: September 30, 2017

Time: 7:45pm

Location: Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS

After the Rehearsal/Persona

Performed in Dutch with English subtitles

Two Bergman screenplays are reimagined for the stage in a double bill about the chaotic lives of theatre people, exposing the fine line between art and reality, illness and normality.

After the Rehearsal: For Hendrik Vogler, a director obsessed by his work, rehearsals are like notes in his diary, performances his autobiography. Everything is subject to his control yet it soon becomes apparent that life cannot be kept at bay when ex lover Rachel and Anna, her daughter and his current star, breach his sanctum.

Persona: Celebrated actress Elisabeth Vogler falls mute and retreats into silence. It’s as though a short circuit has occurred, calling into question the roles she must play. She is cared for in hospital by nurse Alma who then accompanies her to an island summerhouse in an attempt to coax her into speaking again. Tension between the two builds.

Having recently directed illuminating versions of the classics at the Barbican, including Antigone and Kings of War, Ivo van Hove presents uncompromising, intimate human drama. Counting Bergman among his favourite filmmakers because he shows us ‘in all our inimitable complexity,’ he directs four actors from his Dutch ensemble on a set that transforms from the sparse to the scenically breathtaking.

After the Rehearsal/Persona is one of three Toneelgroep Amsterdam productions directed here by Ivo van Hove in 2017. See Roman Tragedies in March and Obsession in April

Duration: 2 hours 50 mins/including an interval

Age guidance: 14+

Ticket and theatre information – tab here

Email enquiry: tickets@barbican.org.uk


Date: November 22, 2017

Time: 7:30pm

Location: The Orchard Theatre, Dartford


Signed performance Wednesday 22 November 7.30pm

Venue: The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, DA1 1ED
Book online: www.orchardtheatre.co.uk
Ticket Office: 01322 220000

“THE No.1 GREATEST MUSICAL!” 100 Greatest Musicals, Channel 4

He’s the one that you want! Tom Parker, from the UK’s top boy band The Wanted, is to star in his first ever theatrical role as ‘bad boy’ Danny in Grease, the No.1 greatest musical.

Also starring Over The Rainbow winner Danielle Hope as Sandy and EastEnders’ & Strictly Come Dancing’s Louisa Lytton as Rizzo, this original, electrifying West End production lights up The Orchard Theatre in November 2017 for one week only.

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