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A Dudley-based theatre for deaf and hard of hearing communities is celebrating after successfully applying to become a registered charity.

Dudley Deaf Theatre grew out of a project to bring performing arts to the deaf and hard of hearing communities, run by some members of Dudley Deaf Social Club and Black Country Touring. Members of the group co-ordinated accessible productions that could be enjoyed by deaf and hard of hearing individuals as well as the hearing community, working with theatre companies, interpreters and venues to ensure that everyone could enjoy theatre. The group also provided comedy and drama workshops for people from the deaf and hard of hearing communities, thereby teaching new skills and increasing people’s confidence.

After some successful shows and workshops, the group members decided to set up Dudley Deaf Theatre as a charity in its own right and contacted Dudley Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) for support. Dudley CVS staff provided guidance and information about the implications and benefits of charitable status and supported the group to develop the paperwork and procedures registered charities need to have in place. In just a few months, Dudley Deaf Theatre was up and running and was registered as a charity by the Charity Commission.

Jeff Clarkson, trustee of Dudley Deaf Theatre, said, “We’re over the moon to achieve charity status. We’re looking forward to the opportunities that being a charity will bring and to staging some brilliant shows that people from the deaf and hard of hearing communities can participate in and enjoy. We’re so grateful for the support that Dudley CVS have given to help us achieve our goals.”

Dudley Deaf Theatre plans to hold further performing arts workshops for deaf and hard of hearing communities and to provide accessible shows for those communities in the new year.

Dudley CVS is a charity that supports people and organisations in Dudley borough to make a positive difference in the community. Dudley CVS also helps individuals or groups to set up, run and develop successful voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises by providing free-of-charge training, support and guidance.

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Telephone : 01384 573381 Visit our office at : 7 Albion Street, Brierley Hill, Dudley, West Midlands DY5 3EE

Registered charity No. 517766 incorporated under the 1995 Companies Act No 1998105 DVCS 2010