Visual Vernacular

Visual Vernacular is a unique, highly physical theatrical form, primarily performed by Deaf artists. With elements of poetry and mime, this powerful and expressive story telling style combines strong movement, iconic BSL signs, gestures and facial expressions, to capture the world in all its visual complexity.

The evening will feature an exciting and engaging hour show by artists Matthew Gurney and Adam Bassett. Following the show there will be a How to: Visual Vernacular workshop, (workshop booking is essential due to limited capacity of 20).

The Artists
Matthew Gurney is an Actor, Director and Visual Vernacular performer who has worked both on stage and screen with companies including Theatre Ad Infinitum, Deafinitely Theatre and Deaffest.

Adam Bassett is an Actor, Visual Vernacular performer and Improv comedian based in Bradford. Adam was the winner of the Visual Vernacular Competition at 2013’s Deaffest and he made his stage debut at Shakespeare’s Globe in the summer of 2012, as Don Armado in Love’s Labour’s Lost (Deafinitely Theatre).

Why is this part of Doing Things Differently?
Because this is something totally different! There are currently no Visual Vernacular groups in the UK, so Doing Things Differently gives an opportunity to showcase some of this fantastic, expressive work.

Watch a trailer
The BBC included a feature about Visual Vernacular as part of their Deaf Visual Performance programmes. It gives a great insight to the techniques used by the artists and a taster of what to expect.

The venue
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