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20 March 2017

by Deafinitely Theatre

In BSL with voice-over and captions.

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Following its sell-out tour in 2015, Deafinitely Theatre’s Artistic Director Paula Garfield today announces a new tour of its adaption of Kathryn Cave’s much-loved children’s book Something Else, illustrated by Chris Riddell. Deafinitely Theatre’s bilingual production for both deaf and hearing audiences of Something Else has a school performance at Claremont High School Academy in Brent on 26 May before a tour to Derby Theatre, Wyndham’s Theatre (invite only), Watermill Theatre and the actacentre in Bristol. Further dates and casting will be announced soon.

This is the timeless story of a small creature who lives his life always trying to fit in but never does, because he's Something Else. Then one day a stranger turns up who wants to be friends… But does Something Else want to know someone who's not like him?

Paula Garfield said, today “I am delighted to have the opportunity to revive our production of Something Else, allowing bilingual families to come and enjoy a wonderful show together. Something Else has a vital message - that of diversity and difference, and acceptance, which strongly reflects the most positive aspects of deaf culture. At this difficult time politically in both the UK and abroad, I hope that our revival of Something Else will enable us all to gather together and joyfully celebrate our diversity.”

An actor, director, workshop leader and organiser, Garfield has worked on a variety of television, film and theatre projects over the past fifteen years. In 2002 she established Deafinitely Theatre with Steven Webb and Kate Furby after becoming frustrated at the barriers that deaf actors and directors face across the arts and media. She has produced and directed many plays and worked extensively in TV, including Channel Four’s Learn Sign Language, Four Fingers and a Thumb, BBC’s Hands Up and Casualty, plus appearances in every series of the BBC's deaf drama, Switch.

For Deafinitely Theatre she has directed Two Chairs, Motherland, Children of a Greater God, Playing God, Double Sentence and Gold Dust. She also devised and directed The Boy and the Statue for Deafinitely at the Tricycle Theatre and on a London schools’ tour. Garfield has directed two productions at Shakespeare’s Globe – Love Labour’s Lost, for the Globe to Globe Festival as part of Deafinitely’s 10th anniversary, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her other directing work includes Tanika’s Journey (Southwark Playhouse) Grounded (Park Theatre).

This production is made by possible by the generous support of Arts Council England and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

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We are giving away 20 tickets to see Something Else at the West End's Wyndham's Theatre in London.

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