In Conversation with Terry Riley OBE

Terry Riley has been an advocate for British Sign Language for over forty years and has been instrumental in bringing it into mainstream society.


In 2000, he became the first Deaf Editor of BBC's See Hear and helped show that deaf people have an indigenous language, culture and identity.

He was instrumental in setting up the European Deaf TV & Video network and is currently the Chief Executive Officer at British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust (BSLBT).

He was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Arts by the University of Wolverhampton in 2011.

Tuesday 29th April at 7pm

Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton, Chaired by John Hay MBE.

This event is accessible to BSL users and non-signers - Interpreters: Eddie Moriarty and Mike Ballinger.

This event is free, but advance booking is essential. To reserve a place, please email or call 01902 321 321

For more information visit the Arena Theatre website:

Call for disabled performance artists

Expressions of interest are sought from performance artists who are living and working with disability, who would like to participate in a workshop and performance event.


Taking place between the 9th and 11th of May as part of the MPA-B 2014 programme to be hosted by SAVVY Contemporary, Neukolln, Berlin.

This project is intended to offer group activities and dialogue whilst supporting individual approaches to making work within a small informal friendly group. The workshop will result in a manifesto of some kind that addresses the participants concerns, needs and desires in relation to disability and performance art and will result in a performance platform/sharing event/and or discussion as an outcome to be shared with an audience within MPA-B 2014.

The project supports SAVVY Contemporary's ongoing work as a laboratory of forms and ideas engaging with conceptual, intellectual, artistic and cultural development and exchange.

English and German will be spoken within the workshop. Participating artists will also be offered a communal meal prepared with love by Joseph Patricio. The project is curated by UK based performance artist/curator Rebecca Weeks, and supported by UK artist led organisation CAZ, UK based artist/graphic & web designer Ian Whitford, by Berlin based artists Marcel Sparmann and Joseph Patricio and MPA-B and the project will be hosted by SAVVY gallery, Berlin.

TO APPLY EMAIL: by 15th March.

Successful applicants will be notified of the result of their application in April.

Please email Rebecca with a brief statement outlining: your contact details, your performance practice, your interest in participating in the project, and what you hope to achieve through participating, a CV/biography and a few photos of work as jpegs.

Rebecca is interested in hearing from emergent, mid career and established artists in order to encourage cross - generational dialogue. The level of support that we can offer is limited. Those requiring one to one specific support and medical/personal care will need to bring a support worker/carer with them throughout the workshop. It would be very helpful if applicants could briefly outline any particular medical/physical needs or risks or concerns beyond the routine that they anticipate and how they plan for these to be met.

For more information about CAZ:
For more information about MPA-B:
For more information about SAAVY:
For more information about Rebecca Weeks & Ian Whitford:
For more information about Marcel Sparmann:
For more information about Joseph Patricio:

Sing Something Simple

Touring comedy on the way to Shrewsbury - written and produced by Dark Horse, a national touring theatre company based in Huddersfield.


Sing Something Simple was a huge hit with audiences when it first toured early in 2013. The play is a heartfelt story filled with warmth and humour and features lots of fantastic songs - some of which the audience is invited to sing along to. 

With a focus on family, friendship and fame, Sing Something Simple sensitively explores the modern obsession with talent and celebrity in a conflicting world of TV talent shows and international politics. Whilst the show is sure to provoke discussion - it's also great fun!

Sing Something Simple is being performed at the Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury, on March 29th!

Dark Horse are very excited about the Sing Something Simple tour and the more people we can reach the better! Please visit the Theatre Severn website for more information and event details.

Emil and the Detectives - Red Earth Theatre and mac, Birmingham

Accessible Performance for Children at the Arena Theatre


Based on the classic children's adventure story set in 1930s Berlin, Red Earth's new show contains creative captions, graphics and visuals to improve access for Deaf and hard of hearing audiences.

The show is most suitable for children 8 years + but will appeal to theatre lovers of all ages.

Arena Theatre, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SE

Wednesday 16th October

11am and 1.30pm

Tickets are £5.