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!

Raising the Bar 2015 Film

Enter Raising the Bar 2018



We will be opening our application process for Raising the Bar 2018 in on 15 January 2018. You will have until 25 February 2018 to apply.

Watch this space!


New for 2017 - a Signed Song Music video!


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In partnership with Deaffest, we are delighted to share a new and very exciting signed song music video!

This video was performed and filmed during the fourth workshop at Raising the Bar 2017. Led by world famous Rosa Lee Timm who starred in the viral video of Pharrell Williams 'Happy' at Deaf Camp in America, 6 young deaf people had the opportunity to be involved and it was incredibe. See below to view, 'I believe' by Yolanda Adams:




More details about Raising the Bar 2017

The masterclass was 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, all the young people involved performed in a spectacular showcase on the amazing main stage at the Ruddock Performing Arts Centre!

Congratulations to all the young people involved.



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 youthdevelopment@ndcs.org.uk.