ACCESS: Welcome: Basic Deaf Awareness - DATES TBC - London

ACCESS: Welcome: Basic Deaf Awareness


11.00am to 5.30pm

This one-day course will introduce you to Deaf culture, British Sign Language and communication styles used by the Deaf community. It will provide you with the knowledge and basic tools for you to share with all staff, to develop your theatre as a space where Deaf people will be welcomed and want to be a part of.

Delegates need to attend Disability Equality & Unconscious Bias: Foundation before attending this or any of the following modules.

"I really enjoyed this and feel much more confident about communicating with Deaf people"

"It was BRILLIANT!  I genuinely don’t think we’ve had a staff training session that’s taken their imagination and been so well received. It was well worth doing."


Book a place on each of the FOUR additional modules, for the cost of THREE places. Email us for availability.

Participants will gain an overview and understanding of the Deaf community in the UK and how this affects their experience of attending the theatre. We will discuss accessible performances, learn and practise basic BSL and work related signs, discover other communication strategies to use, try lip reading and, with this new learning, discuss theatre related dilemmas and how to solve them. A mixture of practical exercises and discussion, with plenty of time for questions and anecdotes from the trainers, this course is a fun way to build confidence when communicating with Deaf people.

  • Anybody who works with the public, programmes work, marketing teams, anyone responsible for accessible performances, audience development teams, producers, directors, volunteers


  • Learnt some basic BSL and other communication skills to enable you to feel confident when meeting Deaf people
  • A greater understanding of the Deaf community and some of the barriers it faces when attending the theatre 
  • Some practical ideas to implement in your theatre to improve Deaf attendees experience 

Jeni Draper is Artistic Director of fingersmiths, a visual physical theatre company performing plays in BSL and spoken/written English and also a freelance director. Jeni is a qualified sign language interpreter specialising in performing arts. She runs workshops and delivers consultancy for theatres nationally, interpreters and for young people.

Daryl Jackson is a sign language consultant and linguistic expert in translation. He has worked with many theatres, TV and film companies in this role, monitoring actors and presenters. He has taught Interpreting and Sign Theatre at Universities and regularly delivers workshops nationally. Daryl is also an actor and TV presenter.

£180+VAT, Non-Members 

£140+VAT, UK Theatre & SOLT Members (if booked from 08/02/19), ITC, FST, ABO and ABTT Members

£100+VAT, UK Theatre & SOLT members if booked before 8 February 2019


  • Reserve a place on all FOUR additional modules and pay for THREE places (different colleagues can attend different modules, they just need to have completed the Foundation module in advance) - email to redeem offer
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