Young People Recognised in Parliament

November 9, 2008 8:35 PM

Last week in Parliament Tom Brake, Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington, Paul Burstow MP for Sutton and Cheam and three other London MPs, tabled Early Day Motion (EDM) 2432, to recognise the effort and skill of young people involved in the 'Access to Musical Theatre' project.

The young people, from the London Boroughs of Sutton, Merton and Wandsworth and Guildford joined forces with the Mayhem Musical Theatre Company to help those with hearing impairments enjoy 'Seussical the Musical' by providing a British Sign Language interpreter.

The EDM also called on the government to make more public events accessible to the hearing impaired community, by providing more BSL interpreters.

'Making entertainment available and accessible for all members of our community, is a crucial step we must take as a society,' said Tom Brake MP. 'Providing BSL interpreters for events is an excellent way to help people with hearing difficulties appreciate performances they might otherwise miss out on.'

Tom Brake was inspired to introduce the motion after watching the rehearsal for 'Seussical the Musical' in October.

Full text of the EDM is below:

EDM 2432

ACCESS TO MUSICAL THEATRE PROJECT 06.11.2008

That this House applauds the work of the young people from the London boroughs of Sutton, Merton and Wandsworth and Guildford involved in the V-funded Access to Musical Theatre project and the Mayhem Musical Theatre Company who are working together to help people with an hearing impairment access and enjoy musical theatre by providing a British Sign Language interpreter for a performance of Seussical the Musical; commends their actions in making this musical one of those very rare occasions when people with an hearing impairment will be able to enjoy a performance to the full; and calls on the Government, local councils and businesses to make more public events accessible by British Sign Language interpreters.

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