Lincoln Drill Hall is to introduce sign language into this year’s pantomime as part of a new initiative to make their shows more accessible.
The production of Peter Pan will run from 7 December until 5 January, with three of the performances being signed.
Australian actress, Philippa Russel who will be playing Tinker Bell, is deaf and is going to be using sign language to communicate with the audience and other characters.
She said: “This is my first ever pantomime, I’m really excited to be taking to the stage and getting to know my fellow cast and crew members over the next month. I can’t wait to teach everyone British Sign Language.”
Earlier this year, research by the Consortium for Research in Deaf Education found that in the past seven years, teachers for deaf children have been cut by 14 percent while the number of deaf children have increased by 31 percent.
There are over 45 thousand deaf children living in the UK who rely on British Sign Language (BSL) and the show gives children a chance to be share a ‘secret language’ with Tinker Bell.
This will be the first year Lincoln Drill Hall introduces sign language in their pantomime, with a chance for the audience to get involved to learn BSL.