BSL Performances this Autumn!

Tuesday, 01 December 2015 00:00 | Posted by 
BSL Interpreter Kate Labno  chats with us about signing and for 'The Princess & The Pea' ....

Hi Kate, so what is a BSL Interpreted show?

It is a show that has a sign language interpreter present (who will) make the entire production accessible to Deaf BSL users by translating every line and song into British Sign Language (BSL).

How do you prepare for doing the show? Do you get nervous?

Getting to know the production as much as possible is key, so reading through the script and attending rehearsals really helps. A big part of it for me is knowing each character - in BSL you don't tell the audience what is happening - you show them. So I have to become every single character that appears on stage! Yes I get nervous - I love BSL and I love the theatre so it is really important to me that I do a good job in bringing the both together.

How did you get interested in signing and become a signer?

I was in a very boring admin job when I was 18 and fancied a challenge so signed up to a BSL level 1 course at college for one evening a week. I loved it and have never looked back! 10 years, 2 degrees and lots of hard work later I'm a fully qualified interpreter- signing up to that class is the best decision I have ever made!

You’re signing three BSL performances at Unity in December, what should people expect? 

Lots of fun and laughter for every member of the family old and young!!! Don't bring your serious face as you will not need it!

How do you book for the BSL performance?

To book BSL tickets so that you have a good view of the interpreter just email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your preferred date and they will get back to you with ticket options. Hope to see you there!

Times & Dates:

11:00am on Sat 12 Dec
  2:30pm on Fri 18 Dec
  5:30pm on Sat 2 Jan

Click here to book now!
Scott Fulton

Scott is the Unity's Digital Officer.