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Theatre and Performance Interpreting

Complete Communication is passionate about access and the arts, especially theatre. We aim to provide high-quality access to the arts to the deaf community and work with service providers to develop their inclusivity. For us, enriching and enabling the deaf community to be involved in cultural and entertainment events is at the core of everything we do.

We can provide highly qualified BSL/English Interpreters and Lipspeakers to support your arts and entertainment events. 

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All of our communication professionals are registered with NRCPD and have undertaken extensive training and experience in theatre and performance interpreting. All of our communication professionals hold enhanced Disclosure and Barring System (DBS) checks, Public Indemnity Insurance and are subject to the NRCPD code of practice.

We work with clients Nationwide to make the various arts and culture performance accessible.

To find out more about working with us to ensure your performance or entertainment event is accessible, do get in touch.​

Interpreted theatre and performances (2023)

September 2023

October 2023

King Arthur 28/10/2023

King Arthur 28/10/2023

The Kings of Comedy, Le Navet Bete, return to the stage with a brand-new comedy for the ages. This hilarious retelling of the Arthurian legends,...

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November 2023

December 2023

Dick Whittington 14/12/2023

Dick Whittington 14/12/2023

Join Dick Whittington and his faithful feline friend Tommy on their quest to seek fame and fortune in the city of London, where the streets are...

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Dear Santa 16/12/2023

Dear Santa 16/12/2023

Santa is determined to deliver the most fantastic Christmas present to Sarah, but he doesn’t get it right straight away! With the help of his cheeky...

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Interpreted theatre and performances (2024)

January 2024

February 2024

March 2024

Life of Pi 09/03/2024

Life of Pi 09/03/2024

Jaw-dropping visuals and world-class puppetry combine in a unique and ‘breath-taking’ (The Times) theatrical event that is ‘a wonder to behold’...

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The Wizard of Oz 29/03/2024

The Wizard of Oz 29/03/2024

Direct from The London Palladium, the sensational new production of one of the world’s most beloved musicals comes to Plymouth. Featuring the iconic...

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April 2024

Come From Away 12/04/2024

Come From Away 12/04/2024

7,000 Stranded Passengers. One Small Town. A Remarkable True Story. Winner of four Olivier Awards including Best New Musical in London and the Tony...

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The Drifters Girl 16/04/2024

The Drifters Girl 16/04/2024

Direct from the West End, The Drifters Girl comes to Theatre Royal Plymouth as part of a major UK & Ireland tour. Nominated for BEST NEW MUSICAL...

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The future of access in the theatre

Watch our Managing Director, Daryl McMullan, talk passionately about BSL Interpreted performances and the future of access in the theatre.

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Theatre and performance interpreting testimonials

Sharon Saunders

What an amazing night from start to finish, and I am still buzzing! On arrival by the main entrance, a staff member wearing a mask removed it as soon as he knew that I was Deaf. After checking our tickets, he signed ‘follow me’ in British Sign Language when we asked where the lounge was. He then asked us if we had seen Mamma Mia before in sign language. After commenting on his effort into signing, he said that Daryl taught the team signs relating to the show. I was really impressed with that because it made a difference and really made me feel included.

Gavin Kelly (Deaf sign language user)

It is really important to ensure that theatres and interpreters are given feedback so that the deaf community can recomment the best interpreter. Daryl is this person.  

Daryl surprised me with his high level of skill and ability to manage the script, voices and flow of the panto. His indication of when to look at the stage allowed me to watch him and the show without being confused.

Barbara (Hearing parent of a Deaf child)

I thought he was amazing, even though I don’t need a signer but can sign to a degree !! I understood what he was signing and really enjoyed watching him as he was soo expressive and I found it really enjoyable to watch the signed singing, which was fabulous.  

He really got into the role and I found myself watching him more so than the actors. The best signer I have ever seen at a performance!

Sharon Saunders (Trustee of Exeter & South Devon Deaf Childrens Society & a Deaf sign language user)

Daryl was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! The best I have seen for a long time. Can’t wait for the next one with him interpreting! A rare unique interpreter. We are so lucky to have you here in Devon. Don’t you dare leave us!

Gisia (Parent of a Deaf child)

I have to say, It caught my attention ! He was so into each charácter !! Lots and lots of face expressions and it really made me enjoy the show even more.  ​

Even my daughter could not kept her 👀 away from him !

Jackie Wallaker (Deaf sign language user)

He was so amazing! I fall in love with him as a result of his amazing face expressions, small dance and his signing. Please, please stay in the theatre for next time. No negative things about him. Would love to watch him again

Amy Kelly (Deaf sign language user)

All I can say is that he (Daryl) was absolutely amazing, His body language was amazing and the way he shows the different role and their character meant I could tell who was talking.

In the past when going to the theatre I have tended to not watch the signer as I have found them too boring and there has not been enough expression or characterisation!

Sharon Saunders (Deaf sign language user and Deaf Access and Inclusion Worker)

The interpreter Daryl McMullan, he was AMAZING! The best one I have seen in a long time. I am not the only one who said this… Daryl really got into all the roles of the different actors, he was very expressive and enjoyable to watch, so engaging. Daryl was excellent in becoming the character just before the actors came on stage, this helps us what was coming next – so clever! 

Helen Grindle (Specialist Teaching Assistant for Deaf students)

Daryl was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! The best I have seen for a long time. Can’t wait for the next one with him interpreting! A rare unique interpreter. We are so lucky to have you here in Devon. Don’t you dare leave us!

Sharon Saunders (Trustee of Exeter & South Devon Deaf Childrens Society and a Deaf sign language user)

You were amazing; I was blown away by your talent.

Lorraine Walsh (Deaf Sign Language user & specialist teaching assistant for Deaf students)

I was pleased to see that you used the same BSL interpreter for the Dick Whittington performance today.  

Again the interpreter, Daryl was superbly fluent with the whole show, especially as some songs were very quick paced. He was able to keep up with improvised dialogue such as when some children were invited on stage and cast members interacted with specific individuals in the audience.

Megan Witt, Access Manager, Theatre Royal Plymouth

I was pleased to see that you used the same BSL interpreter for the Dick Whittington performance today.  

Again the interpreter, Daryl was superbly fluent with the whole show, especially as some songs were very quick paced. He was able to keep up with improvised dialogue such as when some children were invited on stage and cast members interacted with specific individuals in the audience.

Laura Starr, Primary School Teacher

My family and I went to the Theatre Royal Plymouth on Friday evening to watch a performance of 42nd Street and we were so impressed with the BSL interpreter!

Other shows we have been involved in

  • Treasure Island
  • Forgiveness
  • Sorry, you’re not a winner
  • Waitress
  • Human
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  • I was Naked Smelling of Rain
  • Vamos
  • Mamma Mia
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Aladdin
  • The Department of Distractions
  • Lavrack – Reach, Funky Llama Club night
  • The Lady Vanishes
  • Beauty and the Beast – A tale as old as time
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Cinderella…The Fairy Godmother of all Pantomimes
  • RSC – As you like it and The Taming of the Shrew – Post Show Talk
  • School and small scale performances and theatre/music workshops
  • The Three Musketeers
  • NHS the musical
  • The man who wanted to be a penguin
  • Gangsta Granny
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The Play That Goes Wrong
  • This Land
  • Beautiful – The Carol King Musical
  • Noughts and Crosses
  • Bugsy Malone
  • The Little Prince
  • Robin Hood
  • Pinocchio
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Six
  • Until Tomorrow

Some of our amazing clients include

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