Forbidden Identity

Three performers in colour trousers and t-shirts perform a hip hop dance in a town centre. One dancer is doing a back flip

Image © Graeme Braidwood

Forbidden Identity

By Billy Read, Produced by Deaf Explorer

Mansfield Market Place
11am & 2.30pm (lasts 20 mins)
Non-Verbal Performance
Audio Described and BSL Interpreted
Wheelchair Accessible
This show will be live streamed from Mansfield Market Place to First Art’s Facebook page and YouTube channel


Forbidden Identity explores the personal struggle of a Deaf child growing up in a hearing world, denied access to British Sign Language and a Deaf community.

Using street dance, tutting, mime, and sign language, Billy Read collaborated with Deaf dancers Ariel Fung and Ben Randall to create the piece, with narrative support and mentorship from Deaf Theatre maker, Brian Duffy and directed by Johnny Autin (Autin Dance Theatre).

Commissioned by Appetite Stoke and funded by Arts Council England and Deaf Explorer.

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