We know what we think/feel about what works but what does an invited audience (both hearing and deaf) who knows nothing about the play or characters think of the different performance options?
"Spoken text suddenly seemed very unphysical and small. I found myself far more attracted to the BSL performers than I'd expected." (Hearing audience member)
"No not really surprising - it really highlight for me the challenge and also the importance of focus -we can cope as an audience with layers of meaning and understanding but we need to feel confident about where we are trying to get information from." (Hearing invited audience member with BSL experience.)
"The double characters in 'The Park' scene and 'Clare's Bedroom' worked really well. Clear. Both accessible and two different meanings intertwined into one." (Deaf audience member)
"It was very interesting that it was really good staged. I am surprised. I think Girls and Dolls can 'work' together with deaf/hearing for the future." (Deaf audience member).
"How much of the story was comprehensible to me, a non-BSL user, when one performer was speaking and the other was using BSL." (Hearing audience member)
"Was interested to see various methodologies used. i.e. BSL Only, BSL and spoken etc." (Deaf audience member)"It's a play about friend. It's most interesting I think with 1 deaf and 1 hearing actress and you watch their communication change as they grow up." (Hearing invited audience member with extensive BSL experience.)
Would you like to attend a production of Girls and Dolls that explores staging in a combination of styles demonstrated?
"I feel it would have to fit the 'argument' of the play to present sections that I could not understand and separate me from other audience members." (Hearing invited audience member)
"Yes I would like to attend a production of 'Girls and Dolls' very much." (Deaf invited audience member)
"Yes. I believe that it is important to keep exploring different styles of integration." (Deaf invited audience member)
"Yes. I wondered if the 4 performers could take on separate roles. e.g. Mags/Josie and the two girls."
Maybe/Not sure. I think its really interesting and really interesting for you as a director to explore." (Hearing invited audience member with BSL experience.)
"Yes." (Deaf invited audience member)