Preston based charity Deafway are offering you the chance to take part in a free British Sign Language storytelling workshop led by Deaf artist, Wayne Sharples as part of Lancashire Encounter.
Wayne will use techniques from physical theatre and storytelling as well as his rich knowledge of British Sign Language to guide participants to create short performances in British Sign Language. Throughout the workshop you’ll draw inspiration from a collection of real life conversations between Deaf people living across the North West of England. These facinating conversations were recorded over the last 12 months as part of Deafway’s ‘Signed Voices’ project.
Wayne describes his style as ‘funny, visual, interactive and very energetic’.
The workshop is is open to anyone, but some knowledge of British Sign Language will help you to make the most of the opportunity. Please wear comfortable clothing that you are free to move in. We’ll start promptly on the hour in the workshop room so we recommend arriving 10 minutes early to allow time to get yourself something tasty from the cafe.
Anyone taking part in the workshops will have the option to take part in an evening performance on the same day at 6-8pm in Ham and Jam.
A British Sign Language interpreter will be available to ensure the event is accessible to all.
There are only 12 places per workshop so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Lancashire Encounter is 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.
Why are there two times?
We are running two workshops the first at 3-4pm and the second at 4-5pm. We recommend you only attend one workshop.
Is it suitable for children?
Children 12 years and over 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.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
You can email email@example.com
What if I can't sign?
You are still welcome to come but some knowledge of British Sign Language will help you to get the most out of the event. If you do not sign at all you might prefer to come to the evening event to watch the performances instead. These will be voiced-over in English by a qualified sign language interpreter.
I'm Deaf can I take part?
Yes, this event is led by a Deaf artist and an interpreter will be there to make the event accessible to hearing people.
Do I need to bring anything?
Just yourself! Please wear comfortable clothing though as you will be required to move about!