Sign Language interpreter for Paul's gigs
There can't be many people left that Paul hasn't performed to. Deaf sign language users are one group of people that I would dearly love to see get the chance to see The Beatles and Paul's music performed. If you've ever been lucky enough to see Donna Ruanne interpret at one of the West End Theatre Musicals then you'll appreciate how beautifully the Beatles/Paul's songs could be performed in sign language. I'm sure Paul must have a personal target of exposing as many people to his works as possible and this would be a wonderful way of achieving that. Please help to promote this idea and hopefully we'll see a sign language inerpreter on stage at on of Paul's concerts soon.
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Paul has had sign-language interpreters on-stage before. There's a video clip of one working on one of Paul's DVD releases - possibly Back In The US, I'm sure someone will correct me if needed. I can't say how that came to be, whether arranged by Paul's organisation or locally by a specific venue for a specific group of visitors. Or how a deaf person might find a seat serviced by such an interpreter. Generally speaking seats for fans with specific access needs are organised through the local venue box-office as they are aware of what facilities their venue can offer. If any fans here have seen such a facility being offered at venues or concerts more recently it would be lovely to hear feedback on the current situation. Martin
I think that's a wonderful classy idea! He already began it with the "My valentine" video, even if those stars didn't get the translations correct! I have a colleague with a cochlear implant and he tells me many hearing impaired folks can still enjoy beats and nobody tops Abe for those! I also agree w/you about Paul wanting to reach those he normally wouldn't. I hope this comes to pass!
Thanks for the replies so far. Some local theatres organise sign language interpreters as part of their obligation to provide access. The same does not apply to concerts. If it's going to happen it would need to be at Paul's request (and who would refuse him!). Positioning of the interpreter would be worked out between the venue and performer, an important decision but never a problem. A section is then usually reserved for sign language users so that thy are in a position to be able to s the interpreter clearly. This can happen, it just needs someone to want it to happen. Organisations such as National Deaf Children's Society would help promote this to deaf people (I used to work for them and we organised interpreters for Radio One Big Weekend events). I have a good feeling about this and believe me everyone will enjoy watching the interpreter, not just the deaf audience