Posted on: 1st March 2013

Sensory Engagement Programme and The Playhouse Present


An event showcasing drama pieces and personal stories by people living with sensory loss.


Wednesday 27 February 2013

1.00pm - 5.00pm,

The Playhouse, Artillery Street, L'Derry


This production represents exemplary practice in theatre production for people with sensory loss.

It will be audio described and interpreted with British and Irish Sign Language Interpreters.


The Showcase is the culmination of months of hard work by both groups and their respective tutors.


This drama training project has been made possible through the Sensory Engagement Programme, A partnership project between RNIB, Action on Hearing Loss, NCBI and DeafHear funded by the EU's INTERRREG IVA Programme, managed by the SEUPB.


Ciara McKinney is a participant of the blind and partially sighted group,

"It's great to come to a place like the Playhouse Theatre and meet and talk with other blind people. It makes a world of a difference when the person you are talking to knows exactly what it is like to live with limited sight."

"Obviously a big part of why we staged this showpiece is to make people aware what it is like to be blind and/or deaf but that hasn't stopped us from having fun, I have had so much fun here."


Shauna Kelpie tutors the group with sight loss,

"I think I have benefited from this experience just as much as the participants. They all made me feel so welcome and it was an absolute pleasure working with them."


Andrew Thompson also commented,

"It's great that both the deaf and blind communities are being given the chance to put on a performance during Derry's year as City of Culture."

"We are performing a poem. It's a great poem and it's a metaphor for how the deaf community and the hearing community can communicate with one another more effectively."


Anne McMaster, tutor of the deaf group said;


"The poem, ‘Goldfish', is written by one of the participants and it's certainly one of the most beautiful I have ever heard. I was so delighted so many people came along and watched the showcase."


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