NAPA’S Visually Impaired Group set to inspire with unique performance

A unique performance showcasing the wide-ranging talent of visually impaired people in Hull and East Yorkshire will be performed at the Northern Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) this Saturday 23 September.

Do You See What I Mean? has been created by the NAPA Visually Impaired Group. The performance is supported by the Hull 2017 Creative Communities Programme, which has been involved in the delivery of 60 community projects throughout Hull’s year as UK City of Culture 2017.

This Saturday’s performance will be the first of four performances in September, including three shows at NAPA (Saturday 23, Sunday 24 and Friday 29) and one at the impressive Hull Minster (Wednesday 27).

Based on ideas gathered through workshops, the show features a cast of 17 and combines music, drama, projections and comedy, giving audiences the opportunity to learn more about living with a visual impairment.

Barrie Wheatley is a Visually Impaired Performers Teacher at NAPA and has worked with the cast for some time, helping individuals to develop a range of writing and theatrical skills.

He said: “This is the perfect time to demonstrate to the world what visually impaired people in Hull can create. The show has been devised to offer a totally different view of sight loss, providing food for thought as part of a very enjoyable event.”

Barbara Dawson, CEO at NAPA, said: “Through drama, music, dance and song, we break down barriers to artistic development. This is entertainment at its most stimulating and makes for a truly inspiring show.”

Tickets are available now and are priced at £5 for the first three shows. Entry to the final performance works on a ‘pay what you decide’ basis with all donations being made to Hull and East Riding Institute for the Blind (HERIB).

Prior to each show, representatives from HERIB, Guide Dogs, Hull City Council’s Sensory Team and Hull College will provide information, advice and opportunities for visually impaired people and their families.

Martin Green, Director of Hull 2017, said: “Expression through arts and culture shouldn’t be limited because of disability. We wanted Hull 2017 to be inclusive and Do You See What I Mean? once again proves that there are no barriers to being creative.”

Do You See What I Mean? takes place between Saturday 23 and Friday 29 September with tickets available at £5.