Forth Valley Sensory Centre

BSL Fringe Shows

We’ve been contacted by a number of groups putting on BSL support at shows in the Edinburgh Fringe this August.

The month long event is a delight for fans of the arts and comedy, with masses of shows for young and old alike. It takes place each year in Scotland’s capital city with nearly every bar, cafe and meeting space becoming a Fringe venue for the month.

BSL friendly shows include:

Sirens @ Pleasance Courtyard Fringe – 3.35pm 1st-27th August (Not 13th/ 20th)

Sirens has a BSL inclusive narrative and is fully captioned – actors on stage use sign and spoken English, with no BSL interpreter on stage.

Sirens have aimed to ensure that the access for d/Deaf or HoH audiences is really celebrated and central to the show, every show is fully accessible to both d/Deaf and hearing people, and sometimes, the hearing people have to use the captions for once instead, as scenes take place in BSL!

Shows feature Jamal Ajala for the first time, a rising star and brilliant Deaf actor, who performs alongside four hearing actors trained in BSL.

All shows are Relaxed Performances, ideal for audiences who might not have been to the theatre before or who may benefit from a relaxed attitude to noise/ movement/ leaving and coming back in! Recommended age is 14+. The venue is wheelchair accessible.

This would probably be most appropriate for group with teenage/ young adults who are d/Deaf or Hard of Hearing or any LGBTQ+ youth. It discusses relevant issues like sexism, gender expectations and human rights within a funny, playful story!

About Sirens:

You’re an immortal demi-goddess whose only job is to sing and look beautiful.

No, this isn’t a show about Beyoncé. Three Greek sirens find themselves washed-up on Hastings beach. It’s 2018, and sitting around naked on rocks is no longer en vogue. But the sirens are still cursed: any man who hears their voice dies instantly. It’s a bit of a drag.

Award-winning Zoo Co returns to stick two fingers up at gender expectations with their trademark visual storytelling, stunning projections and electro-folk soundtrack.

Sirens is creatively captioned and BSL inclusive. There is a concession rate and a group discount available for d/Deaf audiences. Tickets available at this link.

South Bend

There will be three BSL interpreted performances during the tour of our forthcoming production, South Bend.  The BSL performances will be on the 9th August at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 8th September in Eden Court Theatre in Inverness and on the 19th September at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow and you’ll find more information about the show here:

Below is also a little bit of text about the show:

By Martin McCormick
Directed by Ben Harrison

In 2006 Martin McCormick flew across the Atlantic but be reunited with a woman her had fallen passionately in love with, a Californian Girl. But she’s changed. Completely. Almost as soon as he’s arrived he’s on the road again, penniless and desperate to get home to Scotland.

Performed by Martin himself, South Bend is funny, fast and current. It’s a tale of hope, of love, of a small country and a vast one, of a good Samaritan and a relationship gone bad.

South Bend is on tour in Scotland from the 27th July to the 22nd Sept.

A video about South Bend in BSL with captions is available here



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