Last summer 2021 D-Live! was commission from Icon Theatre & Theatre 31 to develop brand new exciting youth theatre group based in Medway for deaf young people with hearing peers with the objective to create short digital theatre performance which will be
shown at Theatre Youth Festival this summer.
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Big Dreams launches at The Thomas Aveling School this February, where the D-Live! team will meet with deaf and hearing-impaired students based at the school. The project will find its official home from March with weekend workshops at Sun Pier House in Chatham, a community space that is home to a wide portfolio of inclusive creative projects which primarily support deaf, hearing-impaired, blind and visually-impaired people to access the arts.
D-Live! Artistic Director Steven Vevers-Webb comments D-Live! is very proud to be working with Icon Theatre and Theatre31 on this brand-new digital project for deaf young people in Medway. This project is being led by local deaf young people from The Thomas Aveling school and we are so proud to support them in their creative journey. This is the first step on the road to Medway becoming a hub for British Sign Language and deaf people, so watch this space for more events coming later in 2022 and beyond.
Icon Theatre Founder and Artistic Director Nancy Hirst comments We’re thrilled to be working with D-Live! through our Theatre31 young people’s programme, which is built on the belief that access to arts and culture is a child’s right, not a privilege. We share in D- Live!’s vision that theatre should be accessible and inclusive, and we’re so excited to join them on their journey to create a unique genre of theatre that is inherently deaf and appreciated by all. Big Dreams is a fantastic opportunity for deaf young people in Medway to connect with and learn from professional artists, who will empower them with the skills to tell their stories in their own way.