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British Sign Language Interpreted Long Weekend at Edinburgh Fringe

The aim of the project is, for the first time, to make a range of live theatre performances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe accessible to Deaf people through the provision of British Sign Language interpreters

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The aim of the project is, for the first time, to make a range of live theatre performances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe accessible to Deaf people through the provision of British Sign Language interpreters. Initially this year (2009) we will aim to provide interpreters for between 6 and 8 different shows over a long weekend (Friday 14th, Saturday 15th, Sunday 16th and Monday 17th August 2009). Information about the BSL Interpreted Long Weekend will be circulated to members of the Deaf community throughout the UK by Deafway and will also be included in the Festival brochure and on the Festival and Deafway Websites in BSL (Deafway will arrange for the creation of BSL material for the Websites). Our target Deaf audience for this project is both members of the public who are Deaf ,use BSL as a first or preferred language and have little or no experience of attending the theatre (as so little is made accessible in BSL) and Deaf people who are involved in the Arts as performers/workers/regular audience members. As a result of this project, for the first time, there will be a reason for Deaf people in the UK to attend the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In future years we plan to expand on this project, ultimately creating a mini Deaf/Sign Language Theatre Festival within the main Festival attracting Deaf/Sign Language theatre companies from the UK and overseas to perform as well as continuing to make ‘hearing’ shows accessible by providing interpreters. If at all possible, we need to be successful in securing funding for this project in time to meet the deadline for the Festival brochure – 15th May. Ideally the Festival brochure entry will include full information about the project – including details of the particular shows which will be interpreted. However, in order to include this it will be necessary to have confirmation of funding in time to make the selection of shows prior to 15th May. As soon as we know that we have secured the funding for this project, we will jointly design an application form which the Festival staff will e-mail to all theatre companies taking part in the, describing the project and inviting them to apply to have their show interpreted during the BSL long weekend. A Deaf member of Deafway staff and the Project interpreters will come to Edinburgh approximately one week before the start of the BSL long weekend. The Festival will provide a rehearsal room and during this week Deafway staff and the interpreters will work with the companies whose shows will be interpreted in order to agree how best to use the interpreters during each performance – e.g. whether to simply place the interpreter at the side of the stage/playing area or to integrate them into the performance in some way. The project will cost £32,386.50 in total.

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