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What a Year 2018 was.

Let’s hope 2019 will be just as good!


So, 2018 has been an amazing year for some of our well known deaf actors who have been given roles with leading companies and in well respected theatres across the country.  Let’s hope this new trend continues into 2019.

To attempt something of a role call:
Nadia Nadarajah Led the way by getting a role in ‘Hamlet’ and ‘As You Like It’ at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. She was also cast in ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Bristol Old Vic over the festive season. The Globe was obviously so impressed by her work that they have given her the great honour of making her an Associate Artist.

Continuing at the Globe, Sophie Stone was a part of the hard hitting, rousing play ‘Emilia’ that will transfer to the Vaudville Theatre in the West End in March this year.  We haven’t heard yet if Sophie will reprise her roles there or not.  This year she was also made an Associate Artist at The Watermill Theatre, where she started her journey as an actress.

The RSC, cast Charlotte Arrowsmith in their production of ‘Troilus and Cressida’ at Stratford upon Avon, which was also given the NTLive treatment and live streamed across the globe in cinemas too!
Jamal Ajala was also cast in the provocative, timely new play ‘ear for eye’ at the Royal Court Theatre. Jamal was proud to be the first black Deaf actor to play there.

Stephen Collins was in panto at Liverpool’s Unity Theatre in ‘Beauty and the Beast’, making the most of his comic genius no doubt.
Deafinitely Theatre’s sold out production of Sarah Kayne’s ‘4.48 Psychosis’ also show-cased some fantastic talent that will hopefully be given the same opportunities as those here, in 2019.

In other fields, Ted Evans, screen-writer and film maker has been selected into this years CE50, which chooses 50 of the most exciting, innovative and disruptive creative companies and individuals across the country.  His film, ‘Retreat’, is currently being developed into a feature film, through Creative England’s low-budget filmmaking initiative iFeatures.

Charlie Swinbourne was also recognised for his film ‘Deaf Funny’ and won the Best Writer awarded at the RTS Yorkshire Programme Awards 2018.  He was up against Ayub Khan-Din for ‘Ackley Bridge’ (on Channel 4) and Daisy Goodwin for ‘Victoria 2: Faith, Hope & Charity’ (The ITV production that won many other awards!).

So, congratulations to all our hard working deaf actors and other artistic creatives who have all been successful in one way or another throughout 2018.   Huge apologies if we’ve missed anyone else’s significant achievement. 

We at Signed Culture hope even more of you in the Deaf community get the recognition you deserve for all you’re doing in the Arts in 2019 and beyond. 

(Do let us know your achievements throughout the year, so you can be added to this roll of honour next year.)


I knew this would happen. I missed off two people from my Role Call. So, to make amends, I’m adding them now.

Fingersmiith’s production of ‘Up and Under’ was a sell out, roaring success of a tour. They visited Harrogate Theatre, Oxford Playhouse, Cast Doncaster, The Lowry Manchester, Derby Theatre Studio, Birmingham REP Studio, The Crucible Theatre Sheffield Studio and Northcott Theatre Exeter. We wish them all the best for their next sell out show!

Neil Fox-Roberts was involved in the current box office blockbuster that is ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, which tells the story of Freddy Mercury’s life from his joining the band, Queen in 1970, to their Live Aid performance at Wembley Stadium in 1985. Neil plays Mr. Austin, Mary’s father. (Mary was Freddie’s girlfriend).

HAPPY NEW YEAR  to one and all!

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