7 November 2013

Days outside “TWO”
by Paula Garfield

Image from Deafinitely Theatre

People think that it is easy being an actor but the reality is much harder. There is always a need to ensure that lines are remembered for every evening when I go on stage to perform “TWO” at Southwark Playhouse. In the spare time I can have, I find myself dashing off to the creative space at Deafinitely Theatre to catch up on other theatrical work. It’s not always about learning lines, there’s networking and making sure that I’m always aware of current issues affecting theatre and reviewing plays held elsewhere in London.

As Artistic Director, I also have to ensure that everything is going in the right direction for Deafinitely Theatre and it does sometimes leave me awake at night waiting for the sun to come up so I can nip back down to the creative space. I also have to think about future productions with the creative team and make sure that this is relevant to our target audience and that they leave every show wanting more. This is quite challenging in London as there is a lot of competition to be the best and that’s what makes work exciting for me everyday.

I’m now catching up on the hundreds of emails I receive knowing I have to leave shortly to go to Southwark Playhouse. I’m really enjoying my return to acting and it has been a challenging return to the stage but I love every moment of it! If you haven’t seen “TWO” then please come see this as I really like the way Andrew Muir, Director of “TWO” has managed to find a balance to create an integrated play for both deaf and hearing audiences. Some of the reviews and comments have been fabulous and others very constructive with their feedback. It hasn’t been easy preparing this play but I’m enjoying every moment of it.

Right now I’m speeding up my typing as the emails continue to ping their way into my inbox and now I must leave the Artistic Director behind and move into character ready for tonight. I love it and couldn’t ask for a more satisfying way of enjoying my passion for theatre and the arts.

6 November 2013

Deafinitely Youth Theatre Autumn 2013
by Richard France

DYT participants engaged in workshop.

Autumn Half-Term Week was the start of an exciting experience for our Deafinitely Youth Theatre participants who undertook workshops that included dancing, stage fighting and being auditioned for a film. Led by workshop leaders, Charly Arrowsmith and David Sands, they explored new areas of acting as well as doing work for the Trinity College’s Arts Awards at both Bronze and Silver level.

To finish off the week, they attended the production of ‘TWO’ at Southwark Theatre so they could understand how Deafinitely Theatre perform plays that are integrated so that both deaf and hearing audiences can enjoy it.

The next Deafinitely Youth Theatre Drama School will take place during Spring Half-Term week from Monday 17th February to Friday 21st February 2014. If you are aged between 13-18 years and interested in taking part then please contact our Project Manager Richard France via our online form.

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