After last year’s sell out success, I was thrilled to be able to join Deafinitely Theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London once more to provide music for their latest show. It was a huge amount of silly fun, and I was even honoured with the role of wall, for which I donned a tailored suit of filing cabinets.
Deafinitely Theatre are every kind of incredible. They’re a deaf theatre company, performing most of their shows (which range from translated classics to commissioned new writing) entirely in British Sign Language.
The Globe, and particularly Dominic Dromgoole (keeper of the best name ever and artistic director), took a chance on Deafinitely two years ago in their ‘globe to globe’ festival, booking them to perform ‘Loves Labours Lost’. This was to be the first ever full length Shakespeare performed in sign language, and the largest, most ambitious project Deafinitely had ever undertaken. The BSL community turned out in force, along with many intrigued punters with no sign language experience. It sold every seat in the house for the whole four night run.
So we’d been looking forward to a return invitation. When it came, Deafinitely opted for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, set in a stock market dystopia (the palace) and an overgrown Silicone Valley dump. Enjoy the pictures!