A NEWBURY school girl and her friend’s recent performances at a Midlands arts centre helped to raise awareness of what deaf people can achieve in the arts.
Fifteen-year-old Morgan Keane , a pupil at the Mary Hare School, in Snelsmore Cpmmon and 11-year-old Lilli Monediere Carter, who are both deaf, recently took part in acting performances at the mac Birmingham.
Morgan and Lilli took to the stage after winning Raising the Bar, a competition developed by the National Deaf Children’s Society, to drive expectations of what the 45,000 deaf children in the UK can achieve.
Along with 22 other deaf young people, Morgan and Lilli won a weekend masterclass with acclaimed deaf professional from the arts industry, which helped to develop their drama talents, followed by a live showcase performance for family and friends.
Raising the Bar was launched by deaf actress Sophie Stone, of Doctor Who fame, who said she was impressed by the high standard of entries.
“Having attended RADA, I know how vital it is for deaf children and young people to be in an environment where they can build confidence, gain skills and make new friends,” said Ms Stone.
“Deaf children are just as capable as everyone else; we just need to make sure they get the right support.”