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How can we promote our BSL-interpreted event better?

We’re putting on a theatre show called Oxbow Lakes in a warehouse in east London and we have a BSL-interpreted performance on Thursday 26th September 2013. We were hoping that you’d be able to publicise this through your website.
Also please could you advise me of any other ways of promoting this event to the deaf community? It seems really difficult to contact deaf theatre goers. What do other theatres do?

Best wishes,

Deafauntie says:
You are not the first person to ask this question and no, we can’t take adverts – only sponsored slots, which may not be what you are looking for. It does seem to be a real problem – there have been different theatre info-sharing experiments over the years, but nothing seems to work. People set up contact groups on the web, get excited thinking they alone have cracked the problem of sharing information with everyone online (and of course not everyone has daily access, or even access, to computers). The founders then lose heart and bang goes another great networking idea. Part of the problem, speaking briefly, is that there are different types of deaf audiences – just as there are hearing audiences, divided into race, age, class, interest, education and so on – and not all deaf audiences use BSL interpreters, so your theatre is looking at a very segmented part of a larger theatre audience. The Arts Council looked at this problem several years ago – and they admit there doesn’t seem to be a straightforward solution. Some art galleries and theatres who offer regular captioned or signed events have their own Facebook page which their deaf audiences refer to – but your problem is very specifically how does one small theatre offering a one off BSL interpreted show let people know?
I have just looked online at the groups I used to rely on, but they seem to have disappeared! I rest my case…. Hope we’ll get lots of replies!

Thought For Today: Heard Something Negative?


When we hear something negative about someone, the negativity seeps in & easily influences our perception, attitude & behaviour towards that person, even when our experience of that person is not negative.
The next time you hear something negative about someone, rather than go by hearsay, keep an open mind & make up your own mind.

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Quote For Today: Plants and People Are Not So Different

An interesting quote from Dan Pearson, gardener, below. Plants and people are not so different, he says : gardens have given him continuity, variety, joy. In return they’ve needed him to let them unfold at their own pace, to retreat … Continue reading


Book Review: Sunbathing In The Rain, by Gwyneth Lewis

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Sunbathing in the Rain is one woman’s story of coping with depression. Through telling her story, she touches upon the different stages of depression, and offers advice about different ways to see and understand the illness. Engaging, readable and at … Continue reading