Deaf accessible theatre and arts events



We are really delighted this month to be seeing an increase in mainstream arts and cultural events that are deaf accessible. Below is our pick of upcoming events that we can highly recommend.

“Little Boxes” BSL-interpreted show at 53two: 17th November


Our friends at 53two theatre and café/bar have a programme of events which are BSL interpreted:

1 – check out the events marked with an interpreting symbol here:

Coming up next is a theatre show called Little Boxes on 17th November.

2 - For full details of the event see here:

Described as “funny, touching and at times heartbreaking,” by London Pub Theatres, Little Boxes follows actor Joann Condon, who is well known from tv series such as Little Britain and Dad’s Army the Lost Episodes, as she explores the "boxes" she has “found herself in” throughout her life: the hopes and dreams of a child, the frustrations of an acting career, the tensions of being a parent, the grief of losing loved ones, the fear of being...herself.

Pick up a ‘Deaf Pub’ loyalty card when you visit an event at our own Riley’s Bar, and you will be entitled to a discount on tickets, drinks and food at 53two.

Diana Terry’s exhibition and BSL talk in Slaithwaite

Meet the artist BSL interpreted talk and workshop: Saturday 4th December, 2pm to 4pm

Land Marks exhibition: Thursday, 28 October 2021 until Wednesday, 15th December 2021, 10am to 3pm

Both are at the Globe Arts Centre, Carr Lane, Slaithwaite Huddersfield HD7 5AG.

Diana Terry is a deaf artist from Greater Manchester, working in paint, printmaking, and sculpture. She has received an Arts Council grant for her new project, which is a touring exhibition called ‘Land Marks’. Her work is inspired by the local landscape and environment and will be at the Globe Art Centre in Slaithwaite, near Huddersfield, until 15th December. On 4th December Diana will be talking about her work, including how being deaf has influenced her art, and demonstrating several printing processes.

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Van Gogh Alive immersive multimedia experience: BSL tours


Van Gogh Alive UK is a huge and exciting visitor attraction that is taking place at Manchester’s Media City in Salford until 23 January 2022. The event is described as a ‘truly unforgettable multi-sensory experience’ and an opportunity to interact with art in ways that visitors have never previously imagined. It is family-friendly and Covid-safe. Van Gogh Alive is not an art exhibition in the traditional sense. It is an immersive multimedia art experience which combines high definition projections of Van Gogh's paintings with digital surround sound. Imagery and animations are projected at a scale that offers visitors the ability to see the details of the artists work like never before. More than 3,000 images transform each surface.

Accessibility features for deaf visitors include:

  • BSL tours led by visual artist Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq, which captures the essence, atmosphere and the emotion of the experience. Dates are Sunday 16 January 2pm and 4pm, Tuesday 18 January 5pm, and Wednesday 19 January at 5pm
  • At all times QR codes with BSL content in the entrance hall gallery
  • Access to SignLive interpretation (tablets can be provided)
  • Easy read format materials available in advance

There is also a special offer reduced ticket price for people who book onto the BSL interpreted tours. £15 per ticket includes entry for you and a companion.

5 - To book a place please email stating which date and time you would like to attend.
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Stan - BSL /English theatre show for children in February

Art with Heart will perform "Stan", a new theatre show for children age 7+, at Z-arts in Hulme. Sam is a dinosaur loving 8 year-old whose world changes after his parents separate. He meets Alex, a deaf girl with a vivid imagination, and the two adventure together to meet Stan, the T-rex at Manchester Museum. Stan is performed in British Sign Language and English, embedding creative captions and animated dinosaurs within the set. Art with Heart are working with young people at Manchester Deaf Centre to create promotional material for the play, and would love you to join them on Saturday 12th February. Tickets go on sale soon!

Z-Arts, Manchester 

Thu 10th Feb, Fri 11th Feb, Sat 12th Feb

0161 226 1912


The Met, Bury

Thurs 17th Feb, Fri 18th Feb

0161 761 2216


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