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Sign language adds to fun at children's show.

SIGN language is adding a new dimension to children's favourites Children's Favourites was a BBC Radio programme from 1954 broadcast on the Light Programme on Saturday mornings from 9:00. A precursor (from 1952) had been called Children's Choice after the style of Housewives' Choice.  being performed at Bedworth's Civic Hall.

The venue, run by Nuneaton and Bedworth Nuneaton and Bedworth (nənē`tən), district (1991 pop. 115,300), Warwickshire, central England. The district primarily comprises the city of Nuneaton and the town of Bedworth. The district's growth was based on coal mining.  Borough Council, is making sure that deaf and hearing-impaired youngsters - and grownups - don't miss out on the fun.

Bosses at the Civic Hall have recruited Trevor Langley to 'sign' performances.

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 to a lively and noisy audience on Monday. Trevor presented the show in Sign Supported English for those with hearing disabilities and the experience certainly got the thumbs-up from those watching.

"By the end of the performance, the entire audience could sign at least 'duck' and it proved a fascinating introduction to signed performances.

"It was a really amazing day, with several hearing-impaired children enjoying a production which they could follow along with their peers."

Bedworth Civic Hall is also signing a performance of Rumplestiltskin on Thursday, at 2pm, and Mrs Tippett said: "I can't wait to see what the sign for Rumplestiltskin is!"

Members of the Krazy Kat Theatre Company will be performing The Very Magic Flute, loosely based on Mozart's opera, on June 23. It will also be signed. So, too, will this year's pantomime at Bedworth, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 15, 2006
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