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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 6th April 2020 at 12:00pm

We are seeking support to develop the BSL Musical concept for a debut performance at Swanage Repertory Season in August 2020

by The Shape Of Song in Yarley, England, United Kingdom

In 2002 my son was born profoundly deaf and my whole world changed. A few months later I began learning British Sign Language and was stunned by its expressiveness. As a singer, music had always played such an important role in my life and the next few years were complicated emotionally as I struggled to come to terms with what I presumed was the fact that my son would never experience it... I stopped singing for a while but I still attempted to entertain him by signing songs like 'I Can Sign A Rainbow'. This was my first venture into BSL Singing. Over the years I have explored it further in concerts and by taking part in the Accessible Opera 'A Quiet Life' and producing the 'Ethan's Song' which featured on BBC's See Hear. 

As a theatre producer I now have the opportunity to take this Singsong to another level and begin to integrate it into Musical Theatre. This year we are producing the fourth Swanage Repertory Season in Dorset and the second show of our three week season is to be a BSL Musical. 

We are thrilled that Arts Council England have offered their support to this venture and we now just need to raise a further £3,000 to make this happen. 

We shall be adapting a brand new family piece with a cast of around 8 actors who will be sign-singing the songs with an integrated signer performing all the dialogue. It's an ambitious and very exciting project. We believe that rather than creating 'access' for deaf people, this concept will create an equal experience for both deaf and hearing audiences, with the sign language enhancing the creativity of the piece.

This also gives us a hugely valuable opportunity to promote the beauty of sign language to a young audience, sewing the seeds for them to look for opportunities to learn more. When signing concerts in the past I have had lots of children come to me at the end of the performance asking about signs - they love it!

Having a deaf child has shown me how hard it can be to access entertainment that is generally created with only a hearing audience in mind. I cannot wait to welcome my son as guest of honour to this show :)


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Signed programme plus photos with the cast

You will receive a copy of the theatre programme signed by all members of the company and will have the opportunity to have your photograph taken with cast members after the show

£20 or more

3 of 100 claimed

Signed programme with a name-check

You will receive a copy of the theatre programme signed by all members of the company and your name will be listed on the page of supporters for this brand new venture

£50 or more

0 of 50 claimed

Sign-Song Request

Katherine & Teresa will film a song of your choice in Sign-Song which can be used as a learning tool for you/your group/your class

£100 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Sign-Song Workshop

Katherine & Teresa will come to your school/group/choir for a 1-2 hour workshop to teach you a signed song of your choice. You can also request a piano backing track for the song for an extra £10 pledge.

Let's make 'The Shape Of Song' happen

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