We are thrilled to offer this exciting workshop as part of ROAR Festival this year. Open to anyone age 12 years and up, spend two hours exploring Deaf History, understanding ways to approach members of the Deaf Community and learn basic BSL (British Sign Language) including alphabet (finger spelling), sign name, numbers and vocabulary relating to phrases and greetings.
This workshop is presented on Zoom and is BSL interpreted.
Age guidance: 12+
David Ellington is profoundly deaf and a British Sign language (BSL) user. David discovered his talent for acting in 1997 when he performed as part of the Deaf Festival at the Swan Theatre. Consequently he landed a presenting job with BBC Education, which helped him to pursue his career in television, film and theatre. Since then, David has enjoyed being involved in numerous acting and experimental film-making projects. He has been part of multiple productions with Graeae, he won Best Actor for DEF in the Deaf Oscars, and he was also part of the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony. In the summer of 2016, David landed a ground breaking in-vision signer role on TV trailer ‘We’re The Superhuman – The Road To Rio’ and on a Channel 4 Paralympic TV commercial.
ROAR Festival 2021:
The ROAR Festival was founded in 2016 to celebrate the creative talent of disabled young people and to make noise about the need for better inclusion and access in the arts in Oxfordshire. Every year up to 500 children, young people and families attend a wide range of workshops and performances from nationally renowned disabled artists, companies and performers including; BLINK, Anjali, Shadowlights, Diverse City, Lost Voice Guy and DADAfest.
The Festival was the catalyst for a brand new partnership driven movement for inclusion in the arts for disabled people. Partners from a range of disability and arts organisations came together to create positive change; creating more opportunities for disabled young people to make and shape culture in Oxfordshire and beyond.
ROAR Partners include; The North Wall, Oxford Playhouse, Modern Art Oxford, Film Oxford, Pegasus Theatre, Autism Family Support, Yellow Submarine, KEEN, Oxfordshire County Council, TORCH Oxford University, Gardens Libraries & Museums (GLAM), and Arts at the Old Fire Station. The ROAR Festival is funded by TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre In The Humanities.