Sat 9 Sep 2023


Saturday 9 September 2023




Free (Booking Essential)

Running Time

3 hours (with breaks throughout)


Theatre & Performance


Assembly Hall
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This workshop is now fully booked, however if you would like to join the waiting list, please click the BOOK NOW button above and complete the form with your info. As this workshop is free, we anticipate people may drop out, so we encourage you to sign up to the waiting list if you'd like to join. Equally, if you can no longer make it to the workshop, please contact us to let us know so we can give your space to someone else. Scroll down for contact details.

Join The DH Ensemble for a unique workshop that will be led by renowned Visual Vernacular artist and performer Duffy.

Visual Vernacular (VV) is a unique physical theatre technique, with elements of poetry and mime, primarily performed by Deaf artists. This powerful story telling style combines strong movement, iconic signs, with gestures and facial expressions, to capture the world in all its visual complexity.

This free 3-hour workshop is open to both deaf and hearing people who are keen to try out VV in a safe space. Interpreters will be present to facilitate communication between British Sign Language and Spoken English to ensure the workshop is accessible for deaf and hearing participants.

How to Book

Please register your interest by clicking "Book Now" to complete the Google Form by submitting a short paragraph about yourself, your practice, and why you'd like to take part (no more than 150 words). If you prefer, you can send a video or audio recording no longer than 2 mins to BSL format is welcomed too.

Workshop spaces are first come first served, with only 10 slots available. If you have secured a slot, you will receive a confirmation email and a ticket a few days after you have registered for the workshop. If we have reached our slot limit, we will let you know and add you to the waiting list if you are still interested in attending. If you have been selected and can no longer attend, please email

This workshop is part of a project hosted by Shoreditch Town Hall and supported by National Theatre Studio and Arts Council England. As well as the workshop, the project includes the development of a new play by The DH Ensemble and Dreamatorium Ltd called Clerc’s Inferno, based on real events in Deaf history. The play incorporates Visual Vernacular alongside projection, creative captioning, puppetry and movement.

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