By Mary-Jayne Taylor, Advocacy Worker at Deaf Direct & Founder of Dedrama
I founded Dedrama in March 2013. We recently created a play named ‘Mrs Deaf Boys’; a deaf version of the TV programme ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’. We performed our show in Worcester this September to 70 of our Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing peers.
We are currently working hard to create a new family-friendly production ‘The Rainbow Elves and the Shoemaker’ which is fully accessible for Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing audiences. We chose not to use any dialogue in this show which we found challenging, as the cast are all BSL users. We tend to use sign language in our shows as it is our everyday language, but this time we focus on the physical theatre style. The usage of facial expressions, body movements and characterisation is different from our ‘everyday life’ and acting on stage. The cast have adapted and learnt how to avoid signing on stage in-character! I am proud of my lovely team who have worked hard, and their talents have further developed with this show.
We are performing at the Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) in Birmingham on Saturday 8th November; two performances, one at 1:30pm and the other at 4pm. To book tickets, go to their website http://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/the-rainbow-elves-and-the-shoemaker/
I want to give special thanks to Deaf Direct for their support during the rehearsal period. It was much appreciated.
‘Mrs Deaf Boys’ review by Amanda Penkoks, Outreach Manager
Vicki Carrabin (Communication Manager), Karen Riches (DD Volunteer) and I attended ‘Mrs Deaf Boys’ on Friday 12th September which was a production written and performed by Mary-Jayne Taylor and the cast of Dedrama. I think I will just leave you with the statement that it was ‘very entertaining!’ I am not going to go into the storyline on this occasion but it certainly tested my receptive skills! (If you have seen the TV programme ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ then you will know why!) My personal highlight was Amanda Scott (DD Volunteer) in her Old Lady costume and underwear!
Well done to the cast and it was nice to do something slightly different.