Earlier in the year, the Royal Shakespeare Company held its first semi-integrated British Sign Language performance, The Christmas Truce, and following its success is due to host its first British Sign Language Theatre backstage tour. The tour will coincide with the Swan Theatre’s British Sign Language interpreted show of Christopher Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta.
The Stratford-upon-Avon theatre, soon to celebrate its 30th anniversary, will offer visitors the opportunity to learn about the theatre’s history, as well as exploring a range of wigs and costumes from the play. The tour will last one hour and will be led by Clare Edwards, British Sign Language interpreter, with a free special interpreted post-show talk to follow.
‘We want everybody to feel welcome in our theatres and to be able to experience our work,’ says Elizabeth Wainwright, RSC’s Head of Theatre and Operations. The mounting of semi-integrated British Sign Language performances will continue with Ella Hickson’s retelling of JM Barrie’s Wendy and Peter Pan, also to be followed by an interpreted post-show talk.
Ticket details and further information can be found at: http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/the-jew-of-malta/bsl-interpreted-synopsis.aspx