Theatre group set up for young deaf people


A drama group in Lancaster for young creative deaf people is ready to welcome new members in January.

The Dukes Deaf Drama Group opens its doors on January 7 and every Tuesday evening throughout term time.

It was inspired by Deaf Jam, a signed karaoke event held at The Dukes in September, which proved a hit with deaf young people.

“I saw a lot of creativity at Deaf Jam and thought it would be great if this could happen more regularly,” said freelance theatre director, Jilly Sumsion.

The sessions which run from 7.30-9pm at DT3 just up Moor Lane from The Dukes, are open to deaf people aged 16 plus, their support or their friends. There will be drama games, plenty of fun and laughter and opportunities to work towards a performance piece.

“We hope the group will help people to build their self-confidence, express themselves and meet new people.

“They have to be willing to have a go but no previous acting experience is required, “ said Jilly. Knowledge of sign language is not essential though there will be experienced signers at the sessions.

“The Dukes is one of the best theatre companies for valuing and treating people as equals,” said Jilly. “Their voices are heard and help influence what goes on in the building and they become very much part of The Dukes family.”

The sessions are £5 per week (support goes free). For more information or to book your place, email