Inspired by the real life conversations of Deaf people living in the North West of England, Deaf Artist Wayne Sharples will give a short sign language performance which will be voiced-over in English by a qualified British Sign Language interpreter. Wayne draws on techniques from physical theatre, improv’ and storytelling to create an emotional visual performance.
Signed Voices at Lancashire Encounter is put on by Preston based charity Deafway, in connection with their heritage project Signed Voices. Over the course of a year, around 200 members of the North West’s Deaf community had the opportunity to record their memories and experiences in their first or preferred language – British Sign Language. These conversations are therefore an authentic and diverse reflection of the Deaf community – covering a wide range of topics, from baking for diabetics, childbirth and even pigeon keeping!
Joining Wayne on stage to bring the conversations to life will be members of the public who have taken part in the Signed Voices Workshops led by Wayne earlier in the day.
Wayne describes his performance style as ‘energetic, visual, interactive and very, very funny’.
This event will be made accessible by a fully qualified British Sign Language interpreter.
This event is part of Lancashire Encounter - a weekend to discover, experience and become immersed in a bold and imaginative spectacle of performance, music, street theatre and art surrounding Preston Pride on Saturday and Run Preston on the Sunday. From large scale interactive projections to mass salsa dance off, burlesque to henna, puppet making workshops to a giant revolving life boat; guests will be invited to participate in, interact with or just enjoy a great Lancastrian weekend of fun.
A HUGE THANK YOU TO HAM AND JAM COFFEE SHOP FOR PROVIDING SUCH A FANTASTIC VENUE!
Can I bring my children?
The performance is open to all, but please understand that this isn't an event specifically aimed at children. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Ham and Jam is just round the corner from Preston Bus Station and walking distance of the Train Station. There is no parking provided but there are multiple city centre car parks near by.
Will I be required to take part?
Nope, but if you want to then check out our Signed Voices Workshops happening earlier in the day!
Will it be accessible to Deaf and hearing people?
Yes, this event will be made accessible by a fully qualified British Sign Language interpreter.
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