British Sign Language Performances

Upcoming BSL Accessible Performances:

Inua Ellams' Barber Shop Chronicles, West Yorkshire Playhouse, London, 15 July, 2:30pm

Our programme

In January 2009 we undertook a three year long project, supported by Awards for All, researching and understanding how to sign interpret our productions in an artistically motivated way.  We worked closely with BSL sign interpreter Martin Roberts, as well as seeking advice from other experienced practitioners such as Paula Garfield, Artistic Director of Deafinitely Theatre.  This valuable period of research and development enabled us to produce our first sign interpreted performances and we now seek to programme BSL interpretations of our work whenever possible. 

Feedback from deaf audience members at the interpretation of The 14th Tale in Manchester:

“really enjoyed it and Martin the interpreter was great”

“want to see more shows like this!”

We are currently continuing our research with the support of The City Bridge Trust.  For more information, to get involved, or to book for any of our forthcoming sign interpreted performances, please email

Past BSL Accessible Performances:

Andy Smith's The Preston Bill, The Continental, Preston, Thursday 26 November 2015

Toni-Dee Paul's Rum Punch, The Continental, Preston, Thursday 26 November 2015

Will Adamsdale's The Victorian in the Wall, Royal Court, London, Wednesday 5 June 2013

(Watch the BSL interpreted and captioned synopsis of the show, above.)

Inua Ellams' Knight Watch, Tara Theatre, Earlsfield, 6 July 2012

Inua Ellams' Black T-shirt Collection, National Theatre, 20 April 2012

Inua Ellams' Black T-shirt Collection, Contact Theatre in Manchester, 14 March 2012

Jenny Sealey's Phenomenal People piece about her friend, actor Caroline Parker, Southbank Centre, London, 9-11 March 2012. You can watch a video of Jenny's interpreted piece here.

Will Adamsdale, Neil Haigh, Matthew Steer and John Wright's The Summer House, Gate Theatre, London, 7 March 2012

Clod Ensemble, An Anatomie in Four Quarters, Sadler's Wells, London, November 2011

Inua Ellams', The 14th Tale, Tara Theatre, Earlsfield, September 2011

Inua Ellams' The 14th Tale, Almeida Theatre, 13 July 2011

Fevered Sleep's And The Rain Falls Down, Young Vic, London, 9 March 2011

Will Adamsdale's Jackson's Way: The London Jacksathon!, ArtsDepot, London, 27 January 2011

Inua Ellams' Untitled, Contact Theatre, Manchester, 13 November 2010

Peggy Shaw and Clod Ensemble, MUST the inside story, Soho Theatre, London, 3 June 2010

Peggy Shaw and Clod Ensemble, MUST the inside story, Queer Up North, Manchester, 26 May 2010

Inua Ellams' The 14th Tale, Contact Theatre, Manchester, 3 October 2009

Inua Ellams' The 14th Tale, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 29 August 2009

Fevered Sleep's Brilliant, Young Vic, London, 19 July 2009

Will Adamsdale's Jackson's Way, Newbury Comedy Festival, 19 July 2009

Melanie Wilson's Simple Girl, Soho Theatre, London, 23 May 2009

If you have attended one of these sign interpreted productions, we'd love to get your feedback. Please email Thank you.

Fuel gratefully acknowledges the City Bridge Trust for the support of their access work.

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