On Wednesday 18 August, 2010, the evening performance of WICKED will be interpreted by Auslan specialists for access by people who are deaf sign language users.
Auslan (Australian Sign Language) is the first or preferred language of the Australian Deaf community, and has approximately 6,500 users in Australia. It is a visual-spatial language with its own rich grammatical structure which is very different from English.
Auslan interpretation of live musical performances include translation not just of the dialogue and song lyrics, but also aims to include visual reference to the music and creative use of the spatial elements of Auslan to match the poetic nature of telling a story through song. Only the most experienced Auslan interpreters can take on this type of work, and at this special performance of WICKED, the Auslan Interpreters will be Chevoy Sweeney and Gerry Shearim.
Tickets for this special performance on WICKED on Wednesday 18 August at 8pm are available through Ticketmaster – ticketmaster.com.au or 02 8512 9020