Deafinitely Theatre and Birmingham Stage Company today reveal rehearsal images of the world première tour of Horrible Histories – Dreadful Deaf – Deafinitely not for the faint-hearted!. The production will additionally play at Stratford Circus Arts Centre on 16 June, and at Derby Theatre on 21 June.
Dreadful Deaf has a special school’s performance at Heathlands School in St Albans on 24 May before opening at Bristol Old Vic Theatre on Wednesday 29 May. The show then tours to York Theatre Royal, Stratford Circus Arts Centre and The North Wall in Oxford before completing its run at Derby Theatre on Sunday 23 June.
The cast is Fifi Garfield, Naomi Gray, and Nadeem Islam, directed by Paula Garfield.
We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is deaf dead!
So it’s time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage as it delves into the dreadful, dangerous and deluded stories of the deaf! From groovy Greeks to gorgeous Georgians, ruthless Romans to vile Victorians, come with us into this incredible world to discover the extraordinary people and amazing stories you simply won’t believe!
Deaf or hearing, this bilingual production – in spoken English and British Sign Language – is a truly frightful treat for all the family!
About Deafinitely Theatre
Deafinitely Theatre is the UK’s first professional deaf-launched and led theatre company, creating bilingual productions of classic and contemporary plays for deaf and hearing audiences that combine the visual storytelling of British Sign Language with the immediacy of spoken English.
Established in 2002, the company’s vision is a world where deaf people are a valued part of the national theatre landscape, recognised for the excellence of their work. Deafinitely challenges barriers to training and opportunities, working hard to nurture the next generation of deaf theatre makers and audiences through its continuing programme of productions, consultancy work and education and training activities for young people and adults.
The company’s most recent productions include 2018’s sold-out run of 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane, which was shortlisted for Best Director by Broadway World UK 2018, at New Diorama Theatre and Derby Theatre and 2017’s award-winning production of Contractions by Mike Bartlett at ND2 (New Diorama Theatre) - winner of the 2018 Off West End Award for Best Production. Artistic Director, Paula Garfield has recently been awarded a 2019 Tonic Award for her work with Deafinitely Theatre.
About Birmingham Stage Company
Birmingham Stage Company is the award-winning producers of David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny and Awful Auntie. The company produce all the Horrible Histories shows live on stage including the West End productions of Barmy Britain. The company also performs internationally, including David Almond’s Skellig on Broadway, and Horrible Histories at The Sydney Opera House.
Neal Foster is Actor/Manager of Birmingham Stage Company which since its foundation in 1992 has staged over eighty productions. The company has become one of the world’s leading producers of theatre for children and their families, including Horrible Histories Live on Stage for thirteen years in the UK, Dubai, Qatar, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia. Foster has written and directed all of the most recent Horrible Histories shows including Barmy Britain – Parts One, Two, Three & Four (Garrick Theatre, Apollo Theatre and Sydney Opera House); Groovy Greeks and Incredible Invaders for a national tour and Wicked Warwick at Warwick Castle. His first fictional adaptation was David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny, which transferred to the Garrick Theatre and then the Harold Pinter Theatre and was nominated for a Best Entertainment and Family Olivier Award. His adaptation of David Walliams’ Awful Auntie enjoyed an 18 month national tour and his next David Walliams’ show will be Billionaire Boy in autumn 2019.
This production is made possible by the generous support of:
Arts Council Strategic Touring Fund, Autograph Sound Recording, Edwardian Hotels London, The Garfield Weston Foundation, Old Diorama Arts Centre and White Light Ltd.
Dreadful Deaf – Deafinitely not for the faint-hearted!
On tour: 29 May – 23 June 2019
Press Night at Bristol Old Vic: Thursday 30 May, 4pm
Dreadful Deaf – Deafinitely not for the faint-hearted is suitable for ages 5+
Bristol Old Vic
29 May – 1 June
Box Office: 0117 987 7877
York Theatre Royal
7 June – 8 June
Box Office: 01904 623 568
Stratford Circus Arts Centre
Box Office: 020 8279 1080
The North Wall
Box Office: 01865 319 450
21 June – 23 June
Box Office: 01332 59 39 39