Play performed in English, Malay and BSL is coming to Preston

Posted on - 29th October, 2018 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Preston News, University campus, What's On in Preston

A fully-accessible play performed in English, Malay and British Sign Language is coming to Preston.


Written by North West born and based Andy Smith, SUMMIT is a three-act play featuring three people performing in the blend of languages, as they try to work together in the face of crisis.

Smith said: “In both form and content, the play looks to explore ideas of diversity, inclusion and¬†agency, and I am looking forward to presenting it in many places and for many audiences across England¬†this autumn.”

Exploring ideas of language, rhetoric and how people communicate with each other, SUMMIT tells the story of a meeting organised to discuss and resolve a potentially catastrophic situation.

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Speaking of the play, an audience member said: “If I was going to recommend it to a friend, I would say it‚Äôs charming, it‚Äôs hopeful, it‚Äôs current, and it¬†makes you feel like you want to be a better person.”

Kate McGrath, director of the play’s producers Fuel, said “Andy has an ability to get right to the essence of things, and in this¬†case to ask, if everything were to change, what would your part in that change be? This is a brand new¬†work that could not be more timely. It’s about crisis, communication, and community, and for me it’s also¬†about finding courage.”

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SUMMIT takes place at DERELICT at UCLan’s Media Factory on Saturday 3 November at 7.30pm.

The performance is fully accessible to both hearing and non-hearing audiences, and is suitable for ages 14+.

Tickets are £12 or £9 for concessions, and are available via DERELICT. The show is free to D/deaf audiences and BSL interpreters, who can book by emailing

Will you be going to SUMMIT? Let us know in the comments below.

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