Saturday 13th May 2017 – Activities & Workshops

PLEASE NOTE: There will be events/ activities happening in two different locations: Light House and Wolverhampton Grand Theatre. For workshops that require pre-booking, please email


All events below will be taking place at Light House, The Chubb Buildings, Fryer St, Wolverhampton WV1 1HT

9.00am Registration

£2 entry at the door (under 16 years – FREE)

10.00am – 4.00pm Deaffest Stalls Fair

Courtyard, Light House

Throughout the day at Light House you can browse the stalls fair out in the courtyard. Join in the activities, try some delicious food, buy a selection of original art and crafts or source the information you need from deaf-related businesses.


10.00am – 1.00pm Get creative with Arts & Craft


(Suitable for any age)

Come and join us for some Superhero fun at the craft stall! Design your own Superhero Crest and wear it with pride!


11.00am-11.25am & 2.30pm-2.55pm “Macbrew” Performance

Lock Works Café

Macbrew is an exciting new theatre piece for families which brings together Shakespeare, British Sign Language and spoken English. Three characters, based on the weird sisters of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, meet in a café to recite an incantation from the play and summon the spirit of Shakespeare!

acting class

11.00am – 12.30pm Acting Masterclass with Brian Duffy and Sean Berdy

Unit 19, Light House Media Centre.

(Suitable for over 18)

Join award-winning actor, director, and screenwriter Brian Duffy and Sean Berdy from ‘Switched at Birth’ for a fun, interactive workshop where you will learn valuable acting techniques from these talented and humorous actors. Both experienced and aspiring actors are welcome to attend.

Pre-booking required.


11.15am – 1.45pm Giuseppe Giuranna VV Workshop

Unit 18, Light House Media Centre.

(Suitable for over 18’s)

VV expert Giuseppe Giuranna from Berlin gives students a unique opportunity to learn this fascinating art from a world expert!

The VV workshop is now FULL.


11.30am – 12.30pm Deaf Performing Arts Network presentation by Sean Forbes

Studio Cinema

Who is Sean Forbes? He’s from Detroit, he’s a musician, an entertainer and is the co-founder of D-PAN, the nonprofit organisation that has been making music accessible to the deaf community in American Sign Language for 10 years. He released a music album with the same label that produced Eminem, and he has danced with Marlee Matlin. A little over a year ago he started DPAN.TV, The Sign Language Channel, which has created a central location for sign language videos and a news programme called DTV News, featuring Deaf News Anchors. Recently he also started his own record label called Two Blown Speakers….. if Sean Forbes can do all this, just think what you could achieve!

(This event will be interpreted)


12.30pm – 2.00pm Young Deaffest

Cinema One

This year, Young Deaffest will be hosted by presenters from ‘Up For It?’, BSL Zone Kids’ fantastic new programme. Come along and see the entries and the winners of the Young Deaffest Film Award and the Poster Competition. Don’t miss our special feature – Deaffest’s first ever Signed Song Music Video, produced last month, starring Rosa Lee Timm (from the USA) and Chris Fonseca (from the UK), along with deaf children that attended the NDCS’ ‘Raising the Bar’ event. You will also be able to watch the top three films that have been produced by young deaf people.

(This event will be interpreted)


1.15pm – 2.00pm Exhibiting Artists’ Talk

Main Gallery

Want to find out more about the inspiration and techniques behind some of the pictures in our Deaf Art & Photography Exhibition? Some of our exhibiting artists/photographers will be giving short talks about their work and answering your questions.

(This event will be interpreted)


2.00pm – 3.30pm An Afternoon with Sean Berdy

Cinema One

Sean Berdy, best known for his portrayal of the “Deaf James Dean” character, Emmett, on ‘Switched at Birth,’ delivers motivational speeches for a multitude of events. Sean uses warmth and humor to inspire audiences by using his own compelling life story as an example of what someone can achieve if they set aside limitations and never stop believing in themselves. Deaffest attendees can look forward to engaging directly with Sean following his inspirational presentation when he opens the floor to questions and closes with an opportunity to personally say hello and perhaps snap a fun picture or two.

(This event will be interpreted)

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2.00pm – 2.30pm, 3.00pm – 3.30pm & 4.00pm – 4.30pm The Crimplene Crusaders by Vamos Theatre


These octogenarian upholders of moral values are out and about with one thing on their minds; to keep standards high. Our twin-set clad campaigners will keep a firm eye out for any slouching, flirting, or hand-holding, making sure that good old-fashioned values are championed. On very special occasions, they may even be persuaded to let their hair down and demonstrate some unrivalled disco moves to their favourite modern music. With The Crimplene Crusaders around, who needs superheroes?


2.30pm – 5.30pm John Smith Adults Comedy Workshop

Cinema Two, Light House Media Centre

(Suitable for aged 16 and over)

Try your skills at comedy performance with tips and inspiration from our comedy expert, John Smith. John is a profoundly Deaf comedian and actor who tours his hugely successful shows throughout the UK, Europe and internationally.

Pre-booking required.

3.30pm – 4.10pm International Creative Collaborations

Cinema One

Taking place on stage, with audience participation, this panel discussion aims to look at ways in which deaf artists, filmmakers or actors can collaborate with professionals abroad. It will address topics such as: Is there a lack of international collaboration currently, and if so, why? Finding and establishing international working relationships. Identifying beneficial working relationships and the opportunities this offers. The potential barriers/ difficulties in building/maintaining international working relationships

(This event will be interpreted)

5.30pm – 7.00pm Recess


All events below will be taking place at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Lichfield St, Wolverhampton WV1 1DE.

Due to popular demand, it is advised that you pre-book the kids workshops to avoid disappointment. Email


10.30am – 12.00pm Full Mask Performance Workshop with Vamos Theatre

Spotlight Suite

(Suitable for ages 8-11)

This relaxed and fun session will be led by Deaf actor-practitioners from the UK’s leading full mask company, Vamos Theatre. During this workshop Vamos will familiarise you with the basic rules of the mask, ‘hot seating’ (a way to develop onstage characters), using masks in performance, and the skills and awareness required to tell a story without words.

Pre-booking required. £2.50 fee per child


2.30pm – 4.00pm Stardazzle Superhero Party!

Spotlight Suite

(Suitable for ages 5-7)

Star Dazzle Parties are hosting a fun, interactive party based on the power of Superheroes. The session will consist of themed games based on Superhero characters, as well as a fun arts and crafts project based on the same theme.

Pre-booking required. £2.50 fee per child