Raising the Bar - celebrating the success of deaf young performers

We are looking for deaf young people who are the performing stars of today, to Raise the Bar and show the world how good they are!

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The ‘Raising the Bar’ project was developed by the National Deaf Children’s Society in 2015 to drive expectations of what deaf children and young people in the UK can achieve in performing arts. Now in our third year, Raising the Bar gives young stars from all over the UK the opportunity to meet leading deaf professionals in the arts industry and to perform on stage together.

See below for an amazing short film where our 12 stars from the very first Raising the Bar tell you about their experience  at the fantastic REP Theatre in central Birmingham!

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Please note that all categories are now closed.

CONGRATULATIONS to all the young people who have received a place at Raising the Bar 2017. We have a great range of instruments from the Bagpipes to the Tuba, dance styles, acting skills and signed singers taking part.

If you would like to come and see the showcase, please reserve your seat here: https://raisingthebar2017.eventbrite.co.uk


New for 2017 - a Signed Song Music video!


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In partnership with Deaffest, we are delighted to announce, new for 2017 - a fourth workshop, to create a music signed song video! Led by world famous Rosa Lee Timm who starred in the viral video of Pharrell Williams 'Happy' at Deaf Camp in America, young deaf people will have the opportunity to star in a new video!


More details about Raising the Bar 2017

The masterclass will be led by successful professional deaf artists, from Music and the Deaf, Deafinitely Theatre and Deaf Man Dancing and Deaffest. We are celebrating how good deaf young people are in performing arts.

At the end of the weekend, there will a chance to perform in a spectacular showcase on an amazing stage at the Ruddock Performing Arts Centre!

Anyone can come to the showcase, but please reserve your seats in advance. For more information or to book tickets, please go to the event on Eventbrite here: https://raisingthebar2017.eventbrite.co.uk



Raising the Bar 2017 partners

We are pleased to be working with the following organisations on Raising the Bar 2017:

Music and the Deaf - www.matd.org.uk

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Deaf Men Dancing -www.marksmithproduction.com/deafmendancing

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Deafinitely Theatre - www.deafinitelytheatre.co.uk

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Deaffest, in partnership with the Arts Council and Zebra Access:


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Ruddock Performing Arts Centre - http://ruddockpac.co.uk/

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Music and Performing Arts resources

We have a number of resources that are available to support professionals working with deaf children and young people.

If you would like more information or some extra support, please contact the Inclusive Activities team at me2@ndcs.org.uk.