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Are you a young person starting out in theatre? Are you thinking of a career in acting or the arts?

Deafinitely Theatre presents an online discussion with inspiring young deaf actors Charlotte Arrowsmith (Royal Shakespeare Company), Nadeem Islam (BBC), Alexandra James (The Arden School of Theatre) and Zoë McWhinney (Ecole Theatrale Universelle).

This free Zoom event for anyone starting out in theatre or thinking about a career in the arts.

Our panel of theatre makers will discuss their experience starting out in theatre, their inspirations and their identity as deaf performers. 

This is an opportunity for young people to learn more about theatre and ask questions. 

The free Zoom webinar will have BSL interpretation and live captioning. You will not be required to have your camera on.

When: Friday 15th January

Time: 6pm - 7.30pm

Price: Free

Accessible for deaf and hearing. In British Sign language with voice over and live captions


Charlotte Arrowsmith 

Charlotte Arrowsmith is an actor, director and workshop leader. She has been in the industry for over 20 years, working with various theatre companies, and is involved in youth projects as she is a strong believer in nurturing the future stars and passing on skills and knowledge to those that benefit as they progress into their careers. She is a successful actor who has recently worked with the RSC and their education department.

Nadeem Islam

Nadeem Islam trained in Community Art Practice at BRIT School before graduating in 2015. 

He is known for his work in comedy improv, acting and TV presenting as seen in programmes such as Small World with Mutt & Jeff and See Hear Tour with BBC See Hear. He also starred in a hip hop drama Here/Not Here with Artemisia Films Production. Nadeem was nominated for Best Actor by Deaffest UK Deaf Film/TV award for his performance in Where I Belong. He was recently nominated for his work on See Hear by RTS Awards for On Screen Talent.

His recent stage experience includes Blasted with Graeae/RADA and Horrible Histories - Dreadful Deaf, UK tour/ Deafinitely Theatre.

Alexandra James

Alexandra James is a deaf actress. She lost her hearing at the age of 12 months as a result of meningitis.
Growing up Alexandra was very passionate about acting and didn't allow her deafness to prevent her from pursuing her dream. She attended drama school in Manchester where she gained a degree in Acting for Live and Recorded Media.

Her recent theatre credits include: The Jungle Book (Derby Theatre), The Night Before Christmas (Leeds Playhouse) and Messy (ZooCo Theatre Company).

Alexandra is also pursuing a career in Stand-up Comedy which has been a dream goal of hers.

Zoë Mcwhinney

Zoë McWhinney is Visual Vernacular performer and a BSL poet, working as an theatre maker, consultant and workshop facilitator for BSL storytelling and poetry. She competed in several national and international VV championships and recently graduated from Ecole Theatrale Universelle in Toulouse.

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