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Acting workshop for Deaf and Hearing Young People, 30 & 31 July, The Deaf & Hearing Ensemble with Southwark Playhouse

Call out for D/deaf young people (age 16-25) to be part of a free acting workshop.

The Deaf & Hearing Ensemble are looking for up to 10 Deaf young people who are interested in acting (16-25 years old, no professional acting experience necessary).

We are holding a 2-day acting workshop with Southwark Playhouse's Young Company on Saturday 30 & Sunday 31 July, 10am - 4pm each day.

This workshop is facilitated by members of The Deaf & Hearing Ensemble - Sophie Stone (Doctor Who, Birmingham Rep), Emily Howlett (Graeae, Inside Number 9), Erin Siobhan Hutching (Bristol Old Vic, writer of People of the Eye next up at Northern Stage) and Jennifer K. Bates (National Theatre of Scotland, Solar Bear Theatre Company)

10 hearing actors from the Southwark Playhouse Young Company will also take part. 

This workshop is free for participants and is supported by The Deaf & Hearing Ensemble, Southwark Playhouse, Boshier Hinton Foundation and the Birkdale Trust.  You must be available for both days. 

This is a great opportunity for young Deaf actors to work with a professional theatre venue like Southwark Playhouse and professional company of Deaf and Hearing actors. 

The workshop will cover

  • acting techniques
  • physical improvisation
  • play theory and non verbal communication
  • devising theatre in a group
  • creating autobiographical theatre (performances based on real life experiences)

There will be an informal sharing (performance) at 3pm on Sunday 31st July. You can invite friends and family, and some industry guests may attend.

The workshop will be accessible to D/deaf and hearing participants and will be run in Spoken English and British Sign Language. 

Important Details

When? Saturday 30 & Sunday 31 July

What time? 10am - 4pm each day


The Tiny (rehearsal space upstairs)

Southwark Playhouse 

77-85 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BD

Google maps link:

There will be a break of one hour for lunch.

Lunch will not be provided but there are shops and cafes nearby. We suggest you bring your lunch with you each day so you don't have to go out at lunchtime.

How to apply

Please email with 

  • - Your full name
  • - Age (14 and 15 year olds will be considered with parent/guardian's permission and a genuine interest in acting)
  • - Phone number
  • - Emergency Contact (name and phone number)
  • - Why you want to do the workshop

You can send this information in an email, or in a video using BSL (if the file is too large, please upload it to youtube or vimeo and send a private link)

Before the workshop, participants will be strongly advised to see our informal, open dress rehearsal performance of People of the Eye, our show which we are taking to Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Northern Stage this year. The performance will be in the evening of Monday 25th July, tickets are free for workshop participants. Info on the show:

Who are we?

The Deaf & Hearing Ensemble are are a group of D/deaf and hearing actors, directors, theatre makers, writers, artists, musicians, dancers and all round lovely people coming together to meet each other and tell each other stories. We make live performance using a mix of BSL, Spoken English, projection, movement, mime, music and soundscapes.

We formed in 2013 and consist of experienced freelance theatre practitioners who have been working professionally within the industry with companies such as the National Theatre, the Royal Court, RSC, Birmingham Rep, Bristol Old Vic, Solar Bear, Graeae and Deafinitely Theatre. 

As a company, we have worked with The Yard Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Studio, Northern Stage, Forest Fringe, The Roundhouse, Pulse Festival, Shuffle Festival and Greenwich & Docklands Festival. 

We believe in breaking down barriers and pre-conceived perceptions and  building bridges. All our work is fully accessible for D/deaf and hearing audiences. All that is heard is seen and all that is seen is heard. We like laughing. 

For any questions, please email

We look forward to your applications!