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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

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: TBC

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

Pinocchio

Visit the incredible world of Stuff and Nonsense.

21/12/2022 15:00 PM

(BSL Interpreted)

07/01/2023 11:00 AM

(Relaxed with BSL interpretation and Audio Description)

Theatre Royal Plymouth
Event Details and Bookings
Visit the incredible world of Stuff and Nonsense.
Three very funny men seek refuge in a grand but abandoned old house, where they gather around an extraordinary dining table that becomes their playground. Grandfather, Father and Son tell tales of growing up; one of them is Pinocchio and it turns out he’s had quite a life!
In this adaptation of Pinocchio expect the classic elements of the story – a poor woodcarver, the tell-tale growing nose, the dream of becoming a real boy – combined with Stuff and Nonsense’s hallmark hilarity, skilled puppetry, original music, fantastic staging, outstanding performers and extraordinary physical tricks.
Stuff and Nonsense are leaders in family theatre and Director Niki McCretton has children’s boundless curiosity in her heart and family connection as her mission.
Invest in your children’s imaginations and take playfulness home with you!

Interpreter: Daryl McMullan

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: Daryl McMullan

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

20th January 2023

SIX
DIVORCED ★ BEHEADED ★ LIVE!

Multi award-winning, with a spectacularly successful sound-track storming charts across the globe, this sell-out Tudor take-off has ‘an incredibly strong and powerful message.

18:00PM
Theatre Royal Plymouth

Event Details and Bookings
Multi award-winning, with a spectacularly successful sound-track storming charts across the globe, this sell-out Tudor take-off has ‘an incredibly strong and powerful message. Boundary-pushing, genre-redefining’ (The Australian) and is ‘pure entertainment’ (The New York Times).
From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st century girl power. These Queens may have green sleeves but their lipstick is rebellious red.
Think you know the rhyme, think again…
Divorced. Beheaded. LIVE!!

Interpreter: TBC

To make a booking: https://theatreroyal.com/whats-on/six-the-musical-2023/

10th March 2023

An Inspector Calls

J B Priestley’s Classic Thriller, An Inspector Calls
Stephen Daldry’s multi award-winning National Theatre production of JB Priestley’s classic thriller returns.

19:30PM
Theatre Royal Plymouth

Event Details and Bookings
J B Priestley’s Classic Thriller, An Inspector Calls
Stephen Daldry’s multi award-winning National Theatre production of JB Priestley’s classic thriller returns.
Winner of 19 major awards and hailed as the theatrical event of its generation, An Inspector Calls has thrilled more than 5 million theatregoers worldwide.
When Inspector Goole arrives unexpectedly at the prosperous Birling family home, their peaceful dinner party is shattered by his investigations into the death of a young woman. His startling revelations shake the very foundations of their lives and challenge us all to examine our consciences.
More relevant now than ever, this is a must-see for a whole new generation.

Interpreter: Daryl McMullan

To make a booking: https://theatreroyal.com/whats-on/an-inspector-calls-2023/

17th June 2023

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

‘Who can take a sunrise, sprinkle it with dew, cover it with chocolate and a miracle or two?’ Roald Dahl’s devilishly delicious tale of young golden ticket winner Charlie Bucket and wild confectionary wizard Willy Wonka will take you to a world of pure imagination this festive season.

19:30PM
Theatre Royal Plymouth

Event Details and Bookings
Roald Dahl’s devilishly delicious tale of young golden ticket winner Charlie Bucket and wild confectionary wizard Willy Wonka will take you to a world of pure imagination this festive season.
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory – The Musical features memorable songs from the iconic 1970s film as well as a host of sensational new tastebud-tickling toe-tappers. When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it’s a chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets they’ve always dreamed of. But beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as down the sugary corridors and amongst the incredible and edible delights, the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems.
This dazzling reinvention of the successful West End and Broadway musical transports the show to mouth-watering new heights. Take a journey choc-full of fantastical treats to dazzle your senses for a festive family adventure more satisfying than a Whipple-Scrumptious Fudge Mallow Delight. Don’t miss out, grab your GOLDEN Ticket now!
Based on the novel by Roald Dahl and the Warner Bros. film.

Interpreter: Daryl McMullan

To make a booking: https://theatreroyal.com/whats-on/charlie-and-the-chocolate-factory-the-musical/

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.

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.

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

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