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World premier of first musical for deaf people

Kinny Gardner created Oliver in the Overworld for a mixed audience of children, adults and deaf people

Monday 3 April
World premier of first musical for deaf people

Editor - April 03 at 00:30

On Saturday, April 22, at Edge Hill University Arts Centre the acclaimed Krazy Kat Theatre Company presents the first ever sign language musical for families. Oliver In the Overworld, a family show for three to six year olds, hits the road for a six week national tour from April 7. Created by multi award-winning Artistic Director Kinny Gardner and featuring hand-crafted puppets, captivating song and dance and fully integrated sign language, Oliver In The Overworld tells the surreal, picaresque tale of Freddie, a little deaf boy who travels to The Overworld, The Land of Machinery. His quest is to seek the mechanical parts to mend the memory of his best friend Oliver the Grandfather Clock. Encountering a rich array of heroes and villains along the way, Freddie is on a mission and no one will stop him. Freddie’s madcap musical adventure tackles the acceptance of old age, its associated loss of mental facilities and children’s abilities to assist in the resolution of conflict. It is also a colourful celebration of difference in both ability and social background.
The Krazy Kat Theatre Company was established in 1982 by Kinny Gardner and Alastair S Macmillan, as a fully professional touring company, creating innovative and imaginative visual theatre. The company specialises in introducing young people and their grown-ups to the delights of live visual theatre, combining mime, dance, song, Commedia dell Arte, puppets and sign language. With an emphasis on the highly visual, the work engages with many audiences whose first language is not English.
Kinny Gardner was a member of ‘The Scottish Mime Theatre’ for many years and is seen by both the Deaf and Hearing communities as a major innovator within visual theatre using Sign Language Arts. He has a wealth of experience from classical dance to mime, Kabuki to Comedia dell’ Arte and has performed in many shows including Godspell, The Rocky Horror Show and The Mousetrap in the West End and regionally in The Pirates of Penzance, Chicago and Marat/Sade. He is a Development Adviser to BBC Cbeebies, working on new mainstream Sign Language TV projects for children. His many awards include The British Empire Medal for services to the Arts and Disability. Source:Southport Visiter

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