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Royal Greenwich Time, 2012

Royal Greenwich Time, 2012

 

Good signs for the future

STUDENTS from Thomas Tallis took centre stage at the Southbank Centre when they showcased a film with a script made from extracts of over 50 poems created by deaf young people.
The visual poet Richard Carter and spoken word poets John Agard and Grace Nichols also performed some of their work.
Funded by Royal Greenwich, the project, called Life & Deaf is a speech and language project run in schools as part of the national curriculum. This project, run by Katie Ford of the Life & Deaf Association, aims to develop deaf children’s self-esteem and communication in signed, spoken and written languages.
Katie Ford director of Life & Deaf said of the performance: “The evening was a great success. We know from the feedback we have received that the audience found the performances and the film ‘inspiring’, ‘thought-provoking’ and ‘moving’. Many audience members, including parents and siblings, left with a better understanding of the thoughts and feelings experienced by young deaf people … their ‘voices’ were truly heard.”
As well as the performance on March 29 there is a Life & Deaf exhibition of poetry and photography by the students at the Royal Greenwich Picture House through April and May, and there’ll be a special feature on the project on the BBC 2′s SeeHear programme on Wednesday, April 25 at 1pm.
Cllr Jackie Smith, cabinet member for Children & Young people in Royal Greenwich, said “We are very proud of the work our young people have done and to achieve this showcase at the Southbank Centre is a credit to the hard work they and Life & Deaf have put in to achieve this”