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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.​

Upcoming Interpreted Theatre and Performances

4th September 2021

The Three Musketeers

From the award-winning Le Navet Bete, creators of the smash-hit show Dracula: The Bloody Truth, comes a comedy adventure that will have you rolling with laughter from here to the French countryside!

14:30 PM
Exeter Northcott Theatre

Event Details and Bookings

From the award-winning Le Navet Bete, creators of the smash-hit show Dracula: The Bloody Truth, comes a comedy adventure that will have you rolling with laughter from here to the French countryside! Armed with only a baguette and his questionable steed join hot-headed d’Artagnan as he travels to Paris to become a musketeer. Will things go to plan? It’s unlikely! Featuring hilarious heroics, raucous romances and some bonkers fun with BMX bikes, Le Navet Bete condense Dumas’ 700-page classic into two hours of non-stop comedy gold.

Interpreter: Daryl McMullan (Located on the stage TBC)

To make a booking visit: https://www.exeternorthcott.co.uk/events/the-three-musketeers-a-comedy-adventure-2021/

23rd September 2021

NHS the musical – Not all heroes wear capes

The National Health Service is the envy of the world and we need it, now more than ever before. It’s the pride of the nation, providing care for all from cradle to grave since 1948. NHS The Musical gets under its skin, celebrating the people who make its heart beat.

19:30 PM
Theatre Royal Plymouth

Event Details and Bookings

The National Health Service is the envy of the world and we need it, now more than ever before. It’s the pride of the nation, providing care for all from cradle to grave since 1948. NHS The Musical gets under its skin, celebrating the people who make its heart beat. Sharper than a scalpel, this fast-paced comedy show takes you from the surgical theatre to musical theatre, pumping with songs, satire, sass – and gas and air. But beware! This beloved institution may be the perfect tonic, but it can also be the bitterest pill. The UK’s largest employer and government’s biggest spender has its own ailments, that just never seem to be cured.

Interpreter: Daryl McMullan (Located on the stage TBC)

To make a booking visit: https://theatreroyal.com/whats-on/nhs-the-musical-2021/

12th December 2021

Wind in the Willows

“There’s nothing quite like messing around in boats.” Mole has never really left home before. But today, something is different. The world outside is calling, and he feels like it is time to answer…

3.30pm PM
Taunton Brewhouse

Event Details and Bookings

“There’s nothing quite like messing around in boats.” Mole has never really left home before. But today, something is different. The world outside is calling, and he feels like it is time to answer… Very soon, Mole is caught up in a whirlwind of wild adventures with his new friends Ratty, Mr. Badger and the absurd but loveable Mr. Toad. Can they overcome angry judges, mischievous weasels, and Toad’s own mad impulses to get their lives back to normal From the team that brought you The Railway Children, written by Julian Woolford and based on the much-loved classic by Kenneth Grahame, this heart-warming musical tale of friendship and folly will be fun for all the family. Toot toot!

Interpreter: Daryl McMullan (Located on stage right)

To make a booking visit: https://www.thebrewhouse.net/event/wind-in-the-willows/

16th December 2021

What the Ladybird Heard

Two crafty robbers, one tiny ladybird, and a whole farmyard of fun! Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow.

10:00 AM
Exeter Northcott

Event Details and Bookings

Two crafty robbers, one tiny ladybird, and a whole farmyard of fun! Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. But they reckon without the tiniest, quietest creature of all: the Ladybird has a scheme of her own! Join the clever Ladybird as she leads the animals on their quest to save the day in this joyous stage adaptation of What the Ladybird Heard, the bestselling picture book by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks. With live music, puppetry and a whole farmyard of fun, this 55-minute family favourite is the perfect holiday treat!

Interpreter: Daryl McMullan (Located on the stage TBC)

To make a booking: https://www.exeternorthcott.co.uk/events/what-the-ladybird-heard/

20th December 2021

A Christmas Carol

It’s Christmas Eve in Victorian London and old miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is settling down for the night when a clink, clank, clunk of chains resounds throughout the house like thunder, getting ever nearer. It’s going to be a very long night…

19:00 PM
Exeter Northcott

Event Details and Bookings

It’s Christmas Eve in Victorian London and old miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is settling down for the night when a clink, clank, clunk of chains resounds throughout the house like thunder, getting ever nearer. It’s going to be a very long night… With rib-tickling comic twists and larger than life characters, Dickens’ festive classic receives a riotous reimagining in the hands of Le Navet Bete, including giant exploding puddings, hypo-allergenic Christmas trees and a ‘Not So Tiny Tim’. A collaboration with one of UK theatre’s best comedy writers and directors John Nicholson (BBC Radio 4, The Hound of the Baskervilles), this joyful, heart-warming tale is guaranteed to lift spirits and melt even the coldest of hearts this Christmas.

Interpreter: Daryl McMullan (Located on the stage TBC)

To make a booking: https://www.exeternorthcott.co.uk/events/a-christmas-carol/

Thursday 13th (Relaxed) and Saturday 15th January 2022

Aladdin

Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients audiences expect, Aladdin features laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautif…

12:30pm and 13:00
Theatre Royal Plymouth

Event Details and Bookings

Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients audiences expect, Aladdin features laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses. Follow Aladdin, his brother Wishee Washee, and of course his mother Widow Twankey, on a spectacular adventure. Expect flying carpets, a wish-granting genie, an evil sorcerer and a lamp-full of laughs, so book your magic carpet ride to old Peking to the magical pantomime Aladdin!

Interpreter: Daryl McMullan (Location on the stage TBC)

To make a booking visit: https://theatreroyal.com/whats-on/aladdin/

Tuesday 1st February 2022

Mamma Mia

Set on a Greek island paradise where the sun always shines, a tale of love, friendship and identity is irresistibly told through the timeles…

19:30
Theatre Royal Plymouth

Event Details and Bookings

Set on a Greek island paradise where the sun always shines, a tale of love, friendship and identity is irresistibly told through the timeless hits of ABBA.

Sophie’s quest to discover the father she’s never known brings her mother face to face with three men from her distant romantic past on the eve of a wedding they’ll never forget!

Interpreter: Daryl McMullan (Located on right hand side of the stage (stage left)

To make a booking: https://theatreroyal.com/whats-on/mamma-mia/

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Theatre & performance Interpreting testimonials

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 include

  • 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

  • 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

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