A solo show about a man locked in his body and out of the world will be the first to feature a sign language interpreter for the deaf and hearing impaired at the TSB Showplace next week.
Nick: An Accidental Hero is a play written and performed by Renee Lyons about Nick Chisholm, a 27-year-old man who suffers a stroke while playing rugby and is left incapacitated with a condition known as "locked in syndrome".
A serious performance with moments of comedy, TSB Showplace venue manager Megan Brown said it seemed a perfect fit to experiment with a sign language interpreter.
"It's quite uncharted territory. We don't know how popular it's going to be. We are not exactly sure how it will work," she said. "We believe it's the first sign interpreted performance here at the TSB Showplace. This particular performance is an inspiring true story about an ordinary man overcoming extraordinary challenges - themes which will resonate with all audience members."
There are about 9000 Deaf people in New Zealand and around 24,000 who use New Zealand Sign Language.
Taranaki has no sign-language interpreter so Whanganui's Bernadette Cutelli will travel to New Plymouth for the Wednesday night performance. Lyon's solo show was awarded the "accolade for Outstanding Performance" and was nominated for the "Outstanding New Playwright of the Year" in the 2013 Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards.
Nick: An Accidental Hero, TSB Showplace, 6pm,Wednesday July 23. Tickets $15-$25.
- Taranaki Daily News
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