Platforming D/deaf and disabled artists + writing D/deaf characters PLATFORMING D/DEAF AND DISABLED WRITERS:We talked about the need for a platform for D/deaf and disabled writers at fringe level. Lots of current platforms such as new writing nights are not very accessible.We talked about venues that do access well: New Diorama Theatre, The Bunker, The Albany, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Theatre Deli, DIY Space For London were all praised. These are worth contacting for advice re access management and access costs. The DIY access guide is a free online guide to making events accessible at low cost. http://www.attitudeiseverything.org.uk/diyaccessguideIt was highlighted that it's also important to make sure venues are accessible backstage and are near an accessible train station. Signed Culture are a charity that may be able to help with BSL interpreter costs. WRITING DEAF CHARACTERSConsult D/deaf people! Work with deaf dramaturgs.Can't write BSL - write signing characters in English and translate to BSL in rehearsal. Leave time and space in rehearsal for this translation. BSL artists worth looking at include Vilma Jackson, BSL poetry slam and BSL Zone.Examples of plays that feature deaf characters / sign language:Children Of A Lesser GodTribes by Nina RaineSpring Awakening - one accessible version of the musicalJo Clifford's adaptation of The House Of Bernarda Alba for GraeaeRoy Williams' adaptation of The Midwich Cuckoos (radio play) - should still be on iPlayer.