Monday 22nd May 2017
Local primary children ‘lapping up’ Krazy Kats performance
Over 135 children from local primary schools enjoyed a special performance in college, courtesy of The Krazy Kat Theatre Company.
Artistic Director Kinny Gardner and his team delivered a specially designed performance for children with hearing impairments, featuring music, dance, theatre and puppetry, complete with sign language to fully engage the children in the audience.
The musical theatre production of ‘Oliver in the overworld’ took place in the college’s drama studio, with technical support from John Leggott College staff.
“Integrating sign language throughout the performance means that the children can completely focus on the action,” say Kinny. “It’s a completely accessible form of storytelling, and we have really positive feedback. A lady brought her son to a recent performance, and he had cerebral palsy. It was the first theatre performance he had ever been to. They were both overwhelmed and in tears by the end – he could understand everything, because he had learnt to sign, and it made a huge difference to them.”
The Krazy Kat Theatre Company are based in Brighton but conduct annual UK-wide tours, performing to approximately 10,000 children every year. Kinny has been honoured with a British Empire Medal in 2016, for ‘services to children’s theatre and children with disabilities’, and is passionate about widening engagement and participation with young people with hearing impairments and disabilities.
The facilities at John Leggott College are available for hire to external companies, as the college are keen to engage with the local community, particularly with primary and secondary schools to help remove barriers to education and career prospects. If you are interested in hiring college facilities please contact firstname.lastname@example.org