Nurse signs in for action during RSC’s The Christmas Truce

The Christmas Truce
The Christmas Truce. Photo Topher McGrillis.

A nurse is going to the Front Line during The Royal Shakespeare Company’s World War One drama, The Christmas Truce, to sign for hearing-impaired audience members.

The RSC will host its first semi-integrated British Sign Language performance on January 5.

The production, especially written for the RSC by Phil Porter, is inspired by an incredible true Christmas story from 1914.

Soldiers along the Western Front left their trenches on Christmas Eve to meet their enemies in No Man’s Land to talk, exchange gifts and play football.

Directed by RSC deputy artistic director, Erica Whyman, the show is suitable for ages 9+ and runs until January 31 in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Said Erica: “We are always looking for ways to offer as many people as possible access to our work and this is a fantastic way to bring it alive.

“Caroline, the sign language interpreter, will be close up with the actors in the thick of the action dressed as a nurse.

“We hope that this will offer all of our audiences a better experience, and for those people whose first language is British Sign Language a more equal opportunity to enjoy this story.”

The RSC also continues its commitment to relaxed performances on January 29 with the special showing of the drama.

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