Workshop at BDA 125 Year Congress

As part of the British Deaf Association’s 125th anniversary, the BDA will be holding an event – theBDA 125 Year Congress‘ in Torquay from 20th to 24th July 2016. 

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Various events/ activities will be running throughout and we are delighted to let you know that the Zebra Uno‘s media team will be running a workshop there!

If you are interested in knowing how to make films with your smartphone/ tablet then come along to the workshop, which will be led by Jack Smallwood and Matthew Shaw, both whom are known for leading the media team at Deaffest.

Jack and Matthew will be doing some demonstrations, sharing some tips and exploring how to make the best of some of the apps available.

The workshop will be held on Friday 22nd July from 3pm until 5pm (exact location to be confirmed). Participants must be 18+ to attend and must bring own smartphone or/and tablet.

Spaces are limited for this workshop. Please contact Jeff Brattan-Wilson by either texting 07814386676 or emailing Make sure you book early to avoid disappointment!

A Visit To Ciego de Avila


A few weeks ago Director of Zebra Uno & Zebra Access Marilyn Willrich and 6 other people had the honour of visiting Municipal Education, a charity committed to supporting young orphans in Ciego de Avila, Cuba.


General Sub-Director Gladys Ruiz Marrero welcomed everybody and then gave a tour of the organisation whilst introducing the voluntary staff. The charity supports 45 orphans in Ciego de Avila, ranging from 4 to 14 years old. Sadly they could not meet the children as it was school term but were assured that the all of the children would be very grateful to receive a Deaffest goodie bag full of little surprises when they got back from school!

Meet The Directors

Coming up on 18th June 2016 the event ‘Meet the Directors’ will be held at the University of Wolverhampton where films produced by final year BA (Hons) Video and Film Production students will be showcased.

Among the students are some of the members who took on the Deaffest 72 Hour Film challenge and they will be screening the result of their work ‘Deaffest 2016 Mockumentary’ at the event.


Producers Jack Smallwood and Matthew Shaw presented a challenge in April to a group of media volunteers – is it possible to make a short mockumentary about Deaffest 2016 in 72 hours? The team worked hard doing the filming and editing over the Deaffest weekend.

Last May, Deaffest co-founders Nikki Stratton, Marilyn Willrich and the Head of the University of Wolverhampton’s Film Media and Broadcasting department Tracey McCoy, were invited to a special screening of ‘Deaffest 2016 Mockumentary’. They felt the documentary was very entertaining and captured the flavour of Deaffest 2016. This led to a special invitation to screen the documentary at ‘Meet the Directors’ event to show how this film is a testament to the skill and hard work of the whole team, including those who are in the final year of their Video and Film Production course.

The ‘Meet the Directors’ event is free to attend and will take place in the George Wallis Building at the Wolverhampton School of Art building & School of Media (MK045) 10am to 1pm. There will be a question and answer session after the screenings, followed by a networking opportunity.

This event will be accessible as all films will be subtitled and the Q&A session will be interpreted.

If you are interested to attend, please register to book your place at