“Deaf actor steps in for hearing one at Royal Shakespeare Company production.”
The Telegraph (as well as other papers) have reported that:
“A deaf actor has become the first to step in for a principal actor at a major theatre, and has said that it doesn’t matter if the audience didn’t understand all of the sign language because “often you don’t understand everything in a Shakespeare play.”
Charlotte Arrowsmith, a 39-year-old understudied Vincentia in the Taming of the Shrew at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), in Stratford-upon-Avon, earlier this month and hopes more deaf actors will now be given the opportunity to perform alongside their hearing colleagues.”
Charlotte said she was very proud to have been given this opportunity and praised her fellow cast members, as they all had to work together to help achieve the overall aim of delivering the play, adding signs and gestures to their speeches to help her know where they were in the script.
Charlotte said, “The teamwork and my colleagues embracing my culture is the key. It’s very important to me that I am doing this job, I want the audience and other mainstream companies to realise that deaf actors can work in an inclusive way.
“I’m not the only deaf actor. There’s lots of skilled ones out there, but they need to be seen and encouraged and I hope what I’m doing will open up opportunities for others. It shows that nothing is impossible if we try as a team, and with more time it shows how much a mainstream cast can bring together BSL and diversity into the mix.”
The Taming of the Shrew in Stratford, CV37 6BB
until August 31 before going on tour.
BSL integrated (interpreter among the actors) 21st Aug 7.15pm https://www.rsc.org.uk/the-taming-of-the-shrew/assisted-performances
Read the full article here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/04/21/deaf-actor-steps-hearing-one-royal-shakespeare-company-production/