A two-day introduction to theatre interpreting for British Sign Language-English interpeters.
Suitable for qualified interpreters, with or without theatre expereince, since the training introduces new methods and approaches to sign language interpreting for theatre, based on the discipline of audiovisual translation.

A four-day exploration and investigation of the approaches to theatre interpreting introduced in InterpPlay I.
Working with a director, dramaturg, and performers, participants will discover how theatre is constructed to make meaning, and explore the BSL-English interpreter's collaboration in the maintanance of meaning for a Deaf audience.

'Signing for Performance' Summer School (2014)

11th - 12th August 2014 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), Glasgow.

We are leading the training on this exciting collaboration with the National Theatre of Scotland and the RCS. This exciting professional development opportunity takes a unique and innovative approach to sign language interpreting for the theatre.

Based on the understanding that a theatrical performance is a gestalt audiovisual text, and underpinned by the latest academic and field research, the training introduces and explores fundamental new strategies for sign language interpreting in this complex and highly specialised setting. Through practical activities and discussion, the course will allowed participants to begin to develop new skills in interpreting theatre.

The course was open to both qualified and trainee sign language interpreters (post-level 4/6), and suitable for interpreters both with and without theatre interpreting experience.

Project Terpsichore

Project Terpsichore is a unique training and professional development opportunity for BSL interpreters working or planning to work in the highly specialised setting of theatre. The project aims to improve the artistic quality of British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted theatre.

Piloted in 2008 at and in partnership with Contact Theatre, Manchester, and Arts Council England North West, the training brings together expert practitioners from the disciplines of theatre & performance, and interpreting & translation. In a series of workshops participants are introduced to and explore methods and approaches to interpreting for all types of theatre, script and performance analysis, and stagecraft. Project Terpsichore promotes and teaches methods of interpreting for the theatre that serve the performance without distracting from it.

Previously each series of workshops ran for four days over two weekends. In response to participant feedback and requests for more time to work with actors, the course now runs for 6 days over 3 weekends.