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Theatre 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.​

Upcoming Interpreted Theatre and Performances

17th-18th June 2022

Human

Human – a story about the small moments that shape us.
This new live show by Extraordinary Bodies is a poetic record of our time.

19:00 PM
Exeter Northcott

Event Details and Bookings
Human – a story about the small moments that shape us.
This new live show by Extraordinary Bodies is a poetic record of our time. It is based on real-life stories from the company and performers, and is told through circus, music and film.
Intimate, funny and celebratory, Human looks into the heart of birth, love and change. It reminds us that as humans, we have the extraordinary ability to move forward together by taking the time to really understand each other.

Interpreter: TBC

To make a booking: https://www.exeternorthcott.co.uk/events/human/

1st July 2022

The Play That Goes Wrong

Mischief’s multi award-winning international smash hit comedy The Play That Goes Wrong is returning to Plymouth, following its previous sell-out success!

19:30PM

Theatre Royal Plymouth

Event Details and Bookings
Mischief’s multi award-winning international smash hit comedy The Play That Goes Wrong is returning to Plymouth, following its previous sell-out success!
The Cornley Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does! As the accident prone thesps battle on against all the odds to reach their final curtain call, hilarious results ensue!
Hailed “a gut-busting hit” by the New York Times, The Play That Goes Wrong, now in its seventh year in the West End, has won a host of celebrity endorsements from the likes of Joanna Lumley “We laughed until the tears ran down our faces, it has to be seen” to Ant & Dec “The funniest show we’ve seen! If you can get a ticket, go!”
Don’t miss this brilliantly funny comedy that’s guaranteed to leave you aching with laughter!

Interpreter: TBC

To make a booking: https://theatreroyal.com/whats-on/play-that-goes-wrong-2022/

11th August 2022

Gangsta Granny

It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be sooooooooo boring!

19:00 PM
Theatre Royal Plymouth

Event Details and Bookings

It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be sooooooooo boring! But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny!

From the acclaimed producers of Billionaire Boy and Awful Auntie comes the award-winning West End production of this amazing story by David Walliams, the UK’s best-selling author for children.

Interpreter: Daryl McMullan

To make a booking: https://theatreroyal.com/whats-on/gangsta-granny-2022/

20th September 2022 – 24th September 2022 (All 6 performances) Cancelled

This Land

This Land is an epic theatrical event, originally planned to premiere in June 2020 to mark the 400-year anniversary of the Mayflower’s story.

Theatre Royal Plymouth

Event Details and Bookings

This Land is an epic theatrical event, originally planned to premiere in June 2020 to mark the 400-year anniversary of the Mayflower’s story.

Created and performed by 120 citizens of Plymouth, UK and 30 members of the Native American Wampanoag Tribe from Massachusetts, USA, This Land tells the story of Mayflower’s journey, its impact upon arrival in America and our collective experience of a global pandemic 400 years later. What happened then and what does it means to us now?

Witness the making of history with this unique and vital piece of theatre, which brings together communities from both sides of the Atlantic.

Produced by Theatre Royal Plymouth in collaboration with the Wampanoag Tribe and citizens of Plymouth, UK. With text by Nick Stimson and songs written and performed by Seth Lakeman.

Interpreter: Daryl McMullan – this show will be BSL Integrated

To make a booking: https://theatreroyal.com/whats-on/this-land-2/#book

23rd September 2022

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

Long before she was Carole King, the chart-topping music legend, she was an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent
19:30PM

Theatre Royal Plymouth

Event Details and Bookings
Long before she was Carole King, the chart-topping music legend, she was an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent
Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit song-writing team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.
Along the way, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation, with countless classics such as (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Take Good Care of My Baby, You’ve Got a Friend, So Far Away, It Might as Well Rain Until September, Up on the Roof, and The Loco-motion.

Interpreter: TBC

To make a booking: TBC

8th October 2022

Noughts & Crosses

“Why love, if losing hurts so much?”
Sephy and Callum sit together on a beach. They are in love.
It is forbidden.
14:30PM
Exeter Northcott Theatre
Event Details and Bookings
“Why love, if losing hurts so much?”
Sephy and Callum sit together on a beach. They are in love.
It is forbidden.
Sephy is a Cross and Callum is a Nought. Between Noughts and Crosses there are racial and social divides. A segregated society teeters on a volatile knife edge.
As violence breaks out, Sephy and Callum draw closer, but this is a romance that will lead them into terrible danger.
This gripping Romeo and Juliet story by acclaimed writer Malorie Blackman and adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz is a captivating drama of love, revolution and what it means to grow up in a divided world.

Interpreter: TBC

To make a booking: https://www.exeternorthcott.co.uk/events/noughts-and-crosses/

21st October 2022

Bugsy Malone

The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre production
A MODERN MUSICAL CLASSIC
19:30PM

Theatre Royal Plymouth

Event Details and Bookings
Prohibition era, New York. A city full of mobsters, showgirls and dreamers. Rival gangster bosses Fat Sam and Dandy Dan are at loggerheads. The custard pies are flying and Dandy Dan’s gang has gotten the upper hand since obtaining the new-fangled “splurge” gun. Now, Fat Sam and his bumbling buffoons are in real trouble!
Enter Bugsy Malone, a penniless one-time boxer and all-round nice guy. All Bugsy really wants to do is spend time with his new love, Blousey, but will he be able to resist seductive songstress Tallulah and stay out of trouble long enough to help Fat Sam to defend his business…?
Alan Parker’s world-famous movie which launched the careers of Jodie Foster and Scott Baio, becomes a spectacular theatrical experience for the very first time on tour in this revival of the universally acclaimed Lyric Hammersmith Theatre production. Packed with instantly recognisable songs from Oscar winner Paul Williams including My Name is Tallulah, You Give a Little Love and Fat Sam’s Grand Slam, Bugsy Malone is a joyously uplifting masterclass of musical comedy!
Play by: Alan Parker
Words and Music by: Paul Williams

Interpreter: TBC

To make a booking: https://theatreroyal.com/whats-on/bugsy-malone/

9th December 2022

Sister Act

Brace yourselves sisters – the habit is coming to Plymouth!
Don’t miss this eagerly anticipated brand new production of the Broadway and UK smash hit musical Sister Act direct from London.
19:30PM

Theatre Royal Plymouth

Event Details and Bookings
Brace yourselves sisters – the habit is coming to Plymouth!
Don’t miss this eagerly anticipated brand new production of the Broadway and UK smash hit musical Sister Act direct from London.
All your prayers have been answered with a stunning cast including West End sensation and Hairspray star Lizzie Bea and Emmerdale and Waitress legend Sandra Marvin as Deloris, everyone’s favourite nun on the run!
Disco diva Deloris’ life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Placed under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she shouldn’t be found – a convent! Encouraged to help the struggling choir, she helps her fellow sisters find their true voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.
Featuring original music by Tony® and 8-time Oscar® award-winner Alan Menken (Disney’s Aladdin, Enchanted) and songs inspired by Motown, soul and disco, this heavenly musical is joyous and uplifting in equal measures. A musical sent from above, Sister Act is the brilliant, must-see show which raises the spirits and warms the soul time after time.
Music by Alan Menkin
Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Book by Cheri Steinkellner
Additional Book Material Douglas Carter Beane & Bill Steinkellner
Based on the Touchstone Picture Motion Picture “Sister Act” written by Joseph Howard

Interpreter:Daryl McMullan

To make a booking: https://theatreroyal.com/whats-on/sister-act-2022/

10th December & 22nd December 2022

The Little Prince

This Christmas, award-winning Metta Theatre is proud to present their brand-new circus musical extravaganza, The Little Prince.

10th December – 15:00 pm, 22nd December – 19:00pm
Taunton Brewhouse

Event Details and Bookings

This Christmas, award-winning Metta Theatre are proud to present their brand-new circus musical extravaganza, The Little Prince. Based on the much-loved story by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and complete with spectacular circus and packed full of enchanting original songs, this uplifting tale of love and friendship is the perfect family treat this festive season.

Interpreter: TBC (Located on the stage TBC)

To make a booking: https://www.thebrewhouse.net/event/the-little-prince-2/

20th December 2022

Robin Hood

Exeter Northcott Theatre & Le Navet Bete present a new panto adventure…Robin Hood

19:00pm
Exeter Northcott

Event Details and Bookings
Exeter Northcott Theatre & Le Navet Bete present a new panto adventure…Robin Hood
When the scheming Sheriff of Nottingham enlists the forces of evil to help him steal the crown, it’s time for true heroes to step forward. Enter Robin, Marion and their makeshift band of merry men to stand up for the people of England and save the day. This is how legends are made, or at least it would be if they knew what they were doing.
This Christmas, Exeter Northcott and Le Navet Bete (Treasure Island, A Christmas Carol) are joining forces to bring you a hilarious new family show. With all the festive fun of panto, Le Navet Bete’s trademark madcap comedy, a full cast, stunning sets and costumes, music and dance – this is going to be an experience not to miss.

Interpreter: TBC

To make a booking: click here

30th December 2022 & 16th January 2023

Sleeping Beauty

Make Sleeping Beauty the pantomime of your dreams!

30th December 2022 -14:30 pm (Relaxed performance) 16th January 2023 – 19:00pm

Theatre Royal Plymouth

Event Details and Bookings

Make Sleeping Beauty the pantomime of your dreams!

Once upon a time in a land far away, the beautiful Princess Aurora is given a twenty-first birthday present by her evil aunt Carabosse. By pricking her finger on an enchanted spinning wheel, she is placed under a cruel curse and forced to sleep for 100 years.

Can true love survive and the handsome Prince Charming break the spell? Who will outwit the evil Enchantress and foil her wicked plans? All will be revealed in this spectacular panto packed with magic, music, comedy and special effects.

Interpreter: TBC (Located on the stage TBC)

To make a booking: https://theatreroyal.com/whats-on/2022-sleeping-beauty/

28th July 2023

Shrek The Musical

The triumphant record-breaking Broadway and West End smash hit Shrek the Musical is heading back out to paint the town green in 2023.
19:30PM

Theatre Royal Plymouth

Event Details and Bookings
The triumphant record-breaking Broadway and West End smash hit Shrek the Musical is heading back out to paint the town green in 2023.
Based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks Animated film, Shrek the Musical returns to the stage in a newly imagined production.
Join our unlikely hero Shrek and his newly appointed noble steed Donkey, as they attempt to defy the odds and save the gutsy Princess Fiona to bring her to the meagre Lord Farquaad. A journey filled with treacherous obstacles including a fire breathing dragon, red-hot lava. But as the sun starts to set Princess Fiona’s secret could be revealed.
Joined by some fairy-tale favourites, will Shrek and Donkey be able to complete their quest and reclaim Shrek’s beloved swamp? Filled with fabulous songs, unexpected friendships and surprising romance- this is a show you don’t want to miss. Shrek the Musical is guaranteed fun for everyone.

Interpreter: Daryl McMullan

To make a booking: https://theatreroyal.com/whats-on/shrek-2023/

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Theatre & 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.

Other shows we have been involved in

  • The Gingerbread Man
  • Robinson Crusoe pantomime
  • Reading and Leeds music festival
  • Funky Llama Festival
  • Bang Bang
  • The Elves and the Shoe Maker
  • Endless featuring N:Dless
  • Solid Life of Sugar Water
  • Jack and the Bean Stalk
  • The Gingerbread Man
  • Dick Whittington
  • Snow White and the Happily Ever After Beauty Salon
  • The Worst Witch
  • Wind in the Willows
  • What a Lady Bird Heard
  • Cinderella – North Devon’s Pantomime
  • Forgiveness
  • Sorry, you’re not a winner
  • Waitress

  • 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

Some of our amazing clients include

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