The ghoulish goings-on of the medieval town of Shrewsbury were opened up to a deaf audience on 16 November.
Deaf people from around Shropshire snapped up the maximum 20 tickets available for a special Saturday evening ghost tour of the county town.
The tour guide’s terrible tales were made accessible to the deaf participants by a British Sign Language interpreter provided by Shropshire Council.
“Everyone enjoyed the tour big time and found it fascinating learning all the stories,” said Signal’s outreach worker Joanne Rose, who is herself deaf.
“The tour guide did brilliantly, considering we were the first deaf group with a sign language interpreter,” Joanne noted.
“The interpreter did very well too. Limited light was an obstacle in certain areas, but some of us had a torch to shine on the interpreter!” she added.
Signal facilitated the signed ghost tour which demonstrates the demand for accessible entertainment. In fact, the participants are keen to repeat the eerie experience next year!
More accessible entertainment in and around Shropshire
The Old Market Hall in Shrewsbury is screening the film, Saving Mr Banks (PG), with captioned subtitles at 5.30pm on Thursday 19 December. Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson star.
Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury is staging a sign language interpreted performance of its pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, at 5.30pm on Wednesday 8 January. It is also staging a Stagetext performance of the pantomime at 5.30pm on Thursday 9 January.
The Wolverhampton Grand Theatre is offering another version of Sleeping Beauty. The sign language interpreted performance of the pantomime is at 7.15pm on Wednesday 8 January. There are also sign language interpreted and audio described performances at 11am on Thursday 9 January and at 2.30pm on Saturday 11 January.