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!

Please note that applications for Raising the Bar 2018 are now closed. Please email buzz@ndcs.org.uk for more information.

Raising the Bar logo

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

Apply for Raising the Bar 2018

Applications for Raising the Bar 2018 have now closed. Please email buzz@ndcs.org.uk for more information.


Applicants will need to be: 

 - Age 8-18 years old
 - Deaf (mild, moderate, severe or profound)
 - Living in the UK
 - Available to travel and stay in Birmingham on 12-13 May 2018

Watch our BSL video here

To apply for a place, it is a two step process: 

1. Film themselves performing drama, dance or music for 1-2 minutes
2. Complete this online form and send the film: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/raisingthebar2018 (you may need to copy/paste the link into your address bar)

That's it!

Any questions, please contact email: buzz@ndcs.org.uk

Please direct young people to www.buzz.org.uk/raisingthebar 

Please read our terms and conditions below

Applicant terms and conditions - Raising the Bar 2018 88kb

Applicant Terms and conditions


New for 2017 - a Signed Song Music video!


 - Raising the Bar 2017

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: 

Watch the Deaffest video 



Raising the Bar 2018 workshop leaders

We are pleased to be working with the following organisations on Raising the Bar 2018:

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

 - Raising the Bar 2017

Deaf Men Dancing -www.marksmithproduction.com/deafmendancing

 - Raising the Bar 2017

Deafinitely Theatre - www.deafinitelytheatre.co.uk

 - Raising the Bar 2017

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

 - Raising the Bar 2017


We are delighted to be supported this year by:

D'Oyly Carte Chartitable Trust

 RTB sponsor logo 1


The Boshier-Hinton Foundation

RTB logo sponsor 2


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.