A Celebration of Theatre Arts Education & Deaf Studies and the Theatre of the Deaf

A highly creative event held by TAEDS (Theatre Arts Education and Deaf Studies) programme at the University of Reading. Decibels contributed some of the costs for producing the Celebratory programme.

This highly creative event which involved an outstanding performance by the Handprint Theatre of Moonbird by Joyce Dunbar took place on Saturday, 23rd June, 2018 and was attended by Paul Townson who is the Chair of Trustee/Directors and his wife Thelma together with Ken Carter, Founder and Executive Director of Decibels and his wife Helen Lansdown who is the CEO of Deafax and Co-Founder of Signly (www.signly.co).

The unique Theatre Arts, Education & Deaf Studies (TAEDS) BA for deaf-hearing integrated student cohorts at the University of Reading completes a 32 year history with a swansong to celebrate its unique history, and mark the legacy, of the programme.

The world premiere of Moonbird, an adaptation of the children’s story by the deaf author Joyce Dunbar, was be performed by Handprint Theatre Company, a deaf-hearing integrated company formed by programme alumni.

Reading intends to further mark the legacy of deaf-hearing integrated theatre with performances by graduating deaf students from the Royal Conservatoire, Glasgow.

The event was followed by speeches from past and current deaf and hearing staff and students and the Vice Chancellor, Sir David Bell KCB.

Please find the celebratory programme for the event here, which Decibels helped to fund.