Dreams of a deafie 

I watched the premiere of Strictly the musical in Leeds yesterday. I can honestly say I was blown away! The amount of energy everyone had, including the sign language interpreter, was mind boggling.  

At times I didn’t get the full story as the interpreter was at the side of the stage whilst the main action was in the centre. There was a bit of dialogue and singing plus, of course, plenty of dancing. This is something I hope will be rectified in future theatre performances. Finding a way to have the interpreter actually on the main stage. Gosh the skills the interpreter may need, being able to dance, act, sing and sign at the same time!  

‘Dreams of a deafie’ is something that I envisioned after reflecting on the show. It will have the core message of overcoming adversity because of their disability. I hope it will serve as a reminder to disabled people that they can do anything given the right support and opportunities. People, particularly the young, need this kind of positive message.

I never had disabled role models as I was growing up and I aim to create something to give to the young. It will also be a reminder to those who feel stuck in a rut. There are times in life you have a dream but don’t know how to achieve it. People may laugh at your dreams so you settle for less. You settle for what makes your soul cry everyday with sadness instead of happiness.

I feel that my niche in writing is developing. It’s becoming clear that I’m obsessed with music. ‘But you’re deaf!’ I hear you cry. That didn’t stop me learning the piano to ABRSM Grade 7 standard. I now look at the piano and my fingers longing wanting to play like a pro. I however, had a niggling feeling that the piano wasn’t for me. It did teach me how to persevere when you feel like giving up. Mainly because I had exams or performances to give.

‘Dreams of a deafie’ is loosely based on my own experiences. I’m sure there are many deaf people who can relate to it. I intend to make it a short film first and perhaps develop it into a deaf musical. A deafical – yes I made that word up! Who knows what the future will bring. Stay positive people!