RCS launch UK’s first deaf theatre skills course

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) has launched a new series of workshops for the deaf with Solar Bear Theatre Company. The RCS held a pilot course earlier this year.

Gerry Ramage, artistic director of Solar Bear, described Deaf Theatre Skills at the RCS as a, ‘new and ground-breaking programme.’ He said the new course, ‘takes us a step closer to create Britain’s first acting degree for deaf actors.’

Seven Scottish students have been awarded with Diamond Jubilee scholarships to study the 32-week programme. Diamond Jubilee scholar, Bea Websterfrom, said: ‘I enjoyed the summer course so much, it was a fantastic opportunity to work among deaf peers and be taught by tutors in a more visual way. I really can’t wait for forthcoming classes and what it will bring me. I feel more confident in my acting skills as a result.’

The course is thought to be the first of its kind in the UK, offering conservatoire-level training to young deaf actors. The training will provide students with a more formal way to enter the acting industry.

Vice principal of RCS, Maggie Kinloch, said: ‘Together with Solar Bear’s Deaf Youth Theatre (DYT) we are launching this unrivalled conservatoire-style training programme for talented young deaf actors. Our shared passion for this work means that together we can make a difference to the diversity of Scotland’s community of actors, thereby enriching the talent pool.’

For more information visit http://rcs.ac.uk/shortcourses/dramaadults/weeklyclasses/deaftheatre.html

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