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Sign Of The Times (Rumble Theatre)

By | Published on Tuesday 8 August 2017

Danny’s dream is to be a sports reporter for The Times, but he has two obstacles: he’s D/deaf, and the footballer he needs to interview is refusing to speak to journalists. Using a combination of British Sign Language, voiceovers and spoken language, we see how Danny’s disability impacts on his life, as well as on how others respond to him. The set (mostly crates and boxes) is cleverly utilised; the acting is warm and believable, while the script refuses to let Danny (played with real simplicity and heart by James Robertson, who has moderate hearing loss) fall into a lazy caricature of ‘victim’ or ‘inspiration’. This is an utterly charming story about communication and the many ways you can make yourself heard.

theSpace on North Bridge, until 12 Aug.
tw rating 4/5