Passion for Birmingham
The Birmingham based theatre company ‘Old Joint Stock Theatre’ put on a production of ‘Passion for Birmingham’ on 17th March. Thanks to the sterling efforts of Mary-Jayne Taylor, who liaised with the theatre group to make the performance accessible, Deaf Direct were able to provide two interpreters. The play was a ‘promenade’ production, moving around different venues in the area of St Paul’s church in Birmingham. It recreated the last few days of Jesus’ life, as though he was from Northfield in Birmingham.
A group of Deaf people from Worcestershire and Nottinghamshire attended, and enjoyed a vibrant and interactive production that was something of a challenge to interpret! Tessa Slaughter (Senior Interpreter, Deaf Direct) and Ruth Peaker (freelance interpreter) did a fabulous job taking turns to interpret the dialogue, songs and speeches. Positioning themselves where Deaf people could see everything in each venue needed them both to be flexible, as the cast moved around them and action spilled out onto the streets of the city.
The Deaf people who attended certainly fed back positively and appeared to enjoy the production. It was a powerful piece of theatre that really showed the dynamism and significance of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. Great to see more theatre being made fully accessible to Deaf sign language users in our area.