Watch Paula Garfield, Artistic Director, announce the full line-up for our 20th Anniversary Season here!

We are delighted to announce that first in the line-up is James Baldwin’s innovative new show, staged on board a bus, Getting There, produced by Toucan Theatre and Oxford Playhouse, in association with Deafinitely Theatre and Be Free Young Carers. Getting There explores life as a young carer, giving voice to the stories of young people in Oxfordshire and the contributions they make to their families, schools, and local communities, and tour secondary schools in Oxfordshire from Monday 21 March until Friday 1 April.

This is followed by the world première of Everyday, written and directed by Paula Garfield, a new play written and directed by Garfield based on interviews conducted with deaf women and non-binary people who have survived domestic abuse. The company today announce the UK tour and full cast: Fifi Garfield, Kelsey Cherie Gordon, Zoë McWhinney and Bea Webster. The production, in BSL and spoken English for a deaf and hearing audience, commissioned by New Diorama Theatre, opens at the venue on 20 May, with previews from 16 May, and runs until 11 June, ahead of a national tour visiting Birmingham Rep (16-18 June) and York Theatre Royal (21-22 June) before culminating at Northern Stage (24-25 June). 

Joining the previously announced Talking Hands short films about the deaf experience of the Coronavirus pandemic, I Still Blame Myself by Lianne Herbert, starring Kelsey Cherie Gordon; Keeping Hope by Melissa Mostyn starring Nadia Nadarajah; and Lockdown Hairy written and performed by EJ Raymond are Life, It Goes On by Abigail Gorman, starring  Bea Webster and The Woman I Am written and performed by Samantha Pearsall, which will be released in the summer, to complete the series of five short films.

Life, It Goes On and The Woman I Am will be available alongside the previously released Talking Hands films for free on our website here