Saturday 7th May 2022: Events and workshops

PLEASE NOTE: There will be events/ activities happening in two different locations: Light House Media Centre and University of Wolverhampton Welcome Centre (The George Building). Workshops below require pre-booking.


9.00am – 5.00pmDeaffest Stalls Fair

Courtyard, Light House

Come and see the stalls fair, open throughout the day on the courtyard at the Light House. On offer will be delicious food, original arts and crafts, activities and information from deaf-related businesses.

10.00am – 2.30pmLive Performances by DeafMimo

Courtyard, Light House

Enjoy live performances by Stephen Robinson who will take on the role of “DeafMimo”. As a Mime Artist, he will be doing some miming with impressive facial expressions and comical movements, so watch out for him!

Workshops from 10.15am – 11.15am and again from 2pm – 3pm – Creative Comedy Workshop by John Smith

Studio Cinema, Light House

Do you want to learn how to be funny? Come and learn from a Deaf comedian, John Smith, who will share with you his experience and tips on how to use your creative mind to make your family and friends chuckle!

Visit the Deaffest stall to check for spaces. Please bear in mind that both of the Creative Comedy workshops are the same, and you will need to select your time preference on your form at the stall.

10.15am – 12.15pmFilmmaking Tips Workshop by Danny Murphy

Room MTG no. 8, University of Wolverhampton Welcome Centre (The George Building), Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1LY

Come and watch Danny Murphy AKA Danny’s Skits for tips on how to make a film! Danny is a Deaf actor, filmmaker, and presenter. He uploads weekly videos on his social media which include parodies, jokes, vlogs, and news.

Before the tension arises, 20 participants will partake in one hour of “training camp” to learn how to produce a skit from start to finish and prepare for the games to begin. 

The audience will then be split into teams, where they will battle their way through making a comedy skit from pre-production to post-production which will progressively increase in difficulty. The wigs and props will be provided for your content. BUT.. don’t forget about the ticking clock, as each team is given only 60 minutes to complete this challenge. Excitement, drama and competitive spirit are all part of the mix, as the challenges heat up while the teams have a blast!

At the end of the challenge, teams will be ranked based on the number of points they had been awarded throughout the competition.


11.30am – 12.30pmDocumentary Storytelling Workshop by Cathy Heffernan

Room MTG no. 6 and 7, University of Wolverhampton Welcome Centre (The George Building), Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1LY

Suitable for ages 18 and over

Are you an avid documenter? Do you want to create your own documentary, or have you considered developing a career in the industry? If so, you’re in the right place! Come along to this workshop led by Deaf journalist, producer, and documentary maker Cathy Heffernan. From Cathy, you will learn how storytelling can be used in documentaries.

Visit the Deaffest stall to check for spaces. Participants must have existing knowledge of, or have worked in, the TV and film industry.

Workshops from 11.30am – 12.30pm and again from 3.30pm – 4.30pm – An insight into Ish’s VV World Workshop by Ishtiaq Hussain

11.30am – 12.30pm – Studio Cinema, Light House

3.30pm – 4.30pm – Room MTG no. 8, University of Wolverhampton Welcome Centre (The George Building), Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1LY

Celebrating ten years of Visual Vernacular (VV) performances with Ishtiaq Hussain. This workshop welcomes you to experience the world of VV and invites you to journey through time with powerful storytelling. Ishtiaq will be teaching elements of VV, such as facial expressions and body movements. Commissioned by Creative Black Country in collaboration with Zebra Access and Birmingham 2022, his VV performances will continue into the Commonwealth Culture Festival with three short films that will be screened at various festival sites this summer. Details will be confirmed soon on

Visit the Deaffest stall to check for spaces. The 3.30pm – 4.30pm workshop is now full but visit the Deaffest stall to check for spaces for the 11.30am – 12.30pm workshop.

12.30pm – 1.00pm & 2.30pm – 3.00pmMidwives on Call by Vamos Theatre

Courtyard, Light House

Aprons starched, caps ironed, sensible shoes polished, and a bottle of Wartime Spirit secreted in their trolley, our Midwives on Call are ready to respond at a moment’s notice to any unexpected deliveries at festivals, parties or special events. Spick, span and no-nonsense, rely on our trusty Midwives to avert ‘medical emergencies’, check the public are in tip top health, and definitely deliver babies! Armed with bandages, towels and everything needed to avert a crisis, our girls – led by the formidable Matron – always keep calm and carry on.

1.00pm – 2.15pmExhibiting Artists’ Talks

Main Gallery, Light House

Find out more about the inspiration and techniques behind some of the artworks in our Deaf Art & Photography Exhibition! Our exhibiting artists/photographers will be giving short talks about their work and answering your questions.

(This event will be interpreted)

1.00pm – 2.00pmHow to be an influencer like me? Panel Discussion

Cinema One, Light House

Do you want to have your own channel like Jazzy on YouTube, become a filmmaker like Danny Murphy, or even create funny deaf awareness TikToks like Becky Helen! Why not come along to this panel and ask them how! Jazzy, Danny, and Becky will be giving up their secrets and tips so that you too can influence a whole generation!

(This event will be interpreted)

2.15pm – 3.15pmThe future of Female Professionals in the Film & TV Industry Panel Discussion

Cinema One, Light House

Join Deaf filmmakers Teresa Garratty, Aimee Campbell-Nottage, Camilla Arnold, and Raabia Hussain in their panel discussion covering the challenges women face when pursuing a career in the Film & TV Industry. Is the future promising or will our panellists have some concerns?

(This event will be interpreted)

3.15pm – 4.15pmStory-telling event with Stephen Robinson

Studio Cinema, Light House

Suitable for ages 5 – 10

A storytelling event with Stephen Robinson AKA DeafMimo. Stephen will share his storytelling videos, including; The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Deaf Boy who Cried the Wolf (warning: this video contains some flashing lights) and The Gruffalo. Also, there will be a couple of live story-telling sessions!

Visit the Deaffest stall to check for spaces. All children need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian throughout the session.

3.30pm – 4.30pmBSL Zone – meet the Executive Producers and Programme-makers Panel Discussion

Cinema One, Light House

Join us in this panel discussion to meet the BSLBT Executive Producers – Cathy Heffernan, Charlie Swinbourne and Julian Peedle-Calloo – and other representatives from production companies.

This is your chance to watch the discussion about how they work with deaf media professionals to make programmes for BSL Zone.

(This event will be interpreted)

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