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Against Captains Orders – A BSL interpreted theatre experience from Punchdrunk for Deaf people and their families


If you’ve never heard of Punchdrunk​ – They have pioneered a game changing form of immersive theatre in which roaming audiences experience epic storytelling inside sensory theatrical worlds. Blending classic texts, physical performance, award-winning design installation and unexpected sites, the company’s infectious format rejects the passive obedience usually expected of audiences.

Lilli and I went to ‘The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable’ last year and LOVED it as it was so visual and mesmerising, so on behalf of DPDC we have worked with the National Maritime Museum Greenwich to put on a BSL interpreted theatre experience of ‘Against Captain’s Orders’. If Punchdrunks past shows are anything to go buy you and your kids will love it! Please share this with your BSL friends, the deadline for priority tickets is July 1st, then the tickets are made public.


“Prepare to explore. You are the crew of HMS Adventure. Together we will set sail into the uncharted.”

Glan, Museum Curator

National Maritime Museum Greenwich and Punchdrunk Enrichment present an exciting new experience for 6-12 year olds and their families.

This is an adventure through the museum’s collection of maritime objects and their histories.

Get ready to experience history like never before as you and your family join the crew of HMS Adventure. Meet our fearless curators, put on a lifejacket, and step into the action. Anyone brave enough to get on board will not believe what will happen next.

Against Captain’s Orders is exciting and perhaps a tiny bit dangerous…

Performance dates and times: Tuesday 28 July 2015 at 12:00 & 17:10
Tickets: £19.75 per person
To enter this experience you must attend as a family group of adults and children (6-12 yrs).

To make a priority booking, please email the Bookings team by 1 July:

During the priority booking period up to Wednesday 1 July, tickets can be booked via e-mail only. Invoices will be sent for confirmed bookings. Payment of invoices needs to be completed by Wednesday 8 July. Tickets booked but not paid for by 8 July will be released for general sale.

After the priority booking period, tickets can be booked using the website booking system from Friday 3 July.

Please follow the link below for further important information about Against Captain’s Orders.


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Halloween Event – Saturday 27th October – Arts & crafts, BSL storytelling and parents workshop!

Deaf Parents Deaf Children will have FREE Halloween Crafts and Storytelling in BSL for children. Workshops for Deaf parents on topics relating to Deaf children also available.

Activities include: Arts and Crafts, BSL storytelling, Goody bags… and more!
When? Saturday 27th October 2012
Where? Bantock House Museum, Wolverhampton WV3 9LQ
Time? 9.30am – 4.30pm

This event has limited spaces so please request an application form by e-mailing

Places will be decided on a first come first serve basis!

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New direction for the NDCS Sign Up! Campaign

The National Deaf Children’s Society’s (NDCS) Sign Up! campaign is taking a new direction, they need your help.

Last autumn, lots of you wrote to your MP and signed the petition to gain fair access to British Sign Language (BSL) classes. Although MPs and Ministers recognised this as an important issue, little has yet been done about it.

NDCS is encouraging families who need to learn sign language to consider taking legal action against their local authority. We think that taking legal action will set a precedent, and will help many more families throughout the UK.

In order to take legal action, families will need to be eligible for legal aid. To claim legal aid, you must either receive income support or employment and support allowance or earn less than £2,657 and your assets are less than £8,000. Gaining legal aid will mean that taking legal action won’t cost you anything, even if your case is not successful.

If you are interested in this, or would like to find out more information, please contact the Campaigns Team by emailing or call 0207 014 1119.

If you know of someone who has had problems accessing sign language courses, please tell them to contact the campaigns team.

Find out more information about the Sign Up! campaign here.

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Report on the first West Midlands regional DPDC get together

The West Midlands Deaf Parents Deaf Children had their first meeting at the Deaf Cultural Centre in Birmingham sponsored by BID Services. 8 families attended and made the afternoon a success.

Parents had the chance to discuss various topics spanning from education and audiological issues to access to after school activities, and plan future events while our children had the opportunity to get to know each other and participate in activities.

Four volunteers helped with the children’s activities which included Wii sports, creating Olympic Torches, storytelling, practising the Olympic Torch Relay and completing Olympic worksheets in preparation for the evening.

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Tennis fun for BSL kids at the National Deaf Tennis Championships a great success

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On Sunday 6th May, twenty three deaf kids aged from two to nine years old assembled at the Gosling Sports Park, Welwyn Garden City for a fun tennis session. All the kids were coached by the Great Britain deaf tennis stars and coaching team, which they loved!

After two hours of fun and games, all the kids were presented with a special trophy from the British Deaf Tennis Association Chairwoman Fiona Brookes for their hard work!

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Welcome to the new Deaf Parents Deaf Children website!

Deaf Parents Deaf Children is a group for deaf parents with deaf children all over the UK. We aim to show a positive view of deafness, to show what deaf people can achieve and to give deaf parents an equal voice in what happens to their deaf children.  It is also important that children’s rights to exist as deaf individuals are protected as they cannot yet represent or make decisions for themselves.  We also aim to inspire hearing parents of deaf children and support them on their journey!

There is no other organisation that specifically caters for deaf parents with deaf children in the UK, hence the need for this group.

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Enabling communication is vital in families of deaf children

Written by Charlie Swinbourne/, Sunday 15 January 2012 13.59 GMT

Families need to learn to sign for the sake of their deaf children – yet they are often denied the chance

Charlie Swinbourne’s daughter learns to sign Photograph: Charlie Swinbourne

In the last few weeks, a video of a deaf mother and her two year-old daughter Ava having a dinner conversation in British Sign Language (BSL) has gone viral. It has been tweeted, shared and blogged to the extent that the clip now has more than 150,000 views online. The video shows the level of understanding and communication that a child using sign language can reach when they have access to language from an early age.

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