A unique show has been created by Barrie Wheatley and NAPA with the support of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 to showcase the wide-ranging talent of visually impaired people in Hull and East Yorkshire.
Based on ideas gathered through workshops, Do You See What I Mean? combines music, song, drama, projections and comedy in an artistic revue from members of NAPA’s Visually Impaired Group.
“This is the perfect time to demonstrate to the world what visually impaired people in Hull can create,” says Barrie. “The show has been devised to offer a totally different view of sight loss, providing food for thought as part of a very enjoyable event.”
Barrie has worked with visually impaired performers at NAPA for some time, helping individuals to learn and develop a range of writing and theatrical skills. The show aims to offer information into the condition and challenge stereotypes in modern day society.
With a cast of 17, including four helpers who are experienced performers, it’s all set to be a clever and energetic experience for all. Included in the cast is a refugee who has lived in Hull for three years, plus Queenie the guide dog, who travels from Bridlington especially for the show. One of the sets takes the form of an impressive dance routine using long white canes, conceived with the help of expert choreographer Jon Beney.
Prior to the Friday show there will be representatives from HERIB, Guide Dogs, Hull City Council’s Sensory Team and Hull College offering information, advice and opportunities for visually impaired people and their families.
“Through drama, music, dance and song, we break down barriers to artistic development,” says Barbara Dawson, CEO at NAPA. “This is entertainment at its most stimulating and makes for a truly inspiring show.”
Do You See What I Mean? will be performed four times in September:
Saturday 23rd at 7:30pm at NAPA
Sunday 24th at 2pm at NAPA
Wednesday 27th at 2pm at Hull Minster
Friday 29th at 2pm at NAPA
The show takes the form of two 40-minute acts with an interval in-between. The first three performances are priced at just £5 a ticket. Entry to the final performance works on a donation basis and people can pay what they decide, with funds going to the local branch of HERIB.
Tickets can be booked via Hull Box Office on 01482 221113 and at www.hullboxoffice.com