Handprint Theatre

A peek into the world of the sometimes crazy, but mostly lovely Handprint Theatre

Month: March, 2012

The Circle of Life…

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Wow! The Handprint team have been very lucky to have been so busy recently, and we are still looking forward to many more projects this year…but for now, we want to share with you some photographs from a very special project. We have just finished working with the Mousetrap Theatre, to deliver accessible workshops to D/deaf children, in relation to their theatre trips to see The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre in London’s West End. It was a very special project for Handprint, and the first of what we hope can continue in the future, because every child deserves the right to access, no matter whether they are deaf or hearing. Enjoy the photographs, and there will be plenty more to come…

It’s the Circle of Life
And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the Circle
The Circle of Life

(Lyrics from The Lion King, Disney)


Happy Monday

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The sunshine is shining, there’s hardly a cloud in the sky, and we are officially on Summertime…but, just in case you are not feeling the happiness…here’s a dose of Happy Monday!

“Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.” ~ Horace.


“If you don’t like something, change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” ~ Mary Engelbreit.


“Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne.


“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” ~ Dolly Parton.


“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” ~ J.M.Barrie.


“Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.” ~ Emory Austin.


“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” ~ Winston Churchill.


“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi.


Remember, you’re never fully dressed without a smile. Our challenge to you: even if you don’t always feel like it, smile at every possible moment, smile at people in the street, smile instead of frowning, and you’ll soon find yourself smiling for real and feeling a little better. Also, if you need another reason to smile, it is now past 4pm…it is nearly Monday night, and that is much better than Monday morning! Let’s get this week started…

Happy Monday

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What does Monday mean for you…? Worse than that, what does Monday morning mean for you…? After the fun and frolics of the weekend, most people begin to loathe Monday mornings… But, here at the Handprint Blog headquarters, we want to change that! Every Monday, we will be posting a little something in the hopes of putting a smile on your face. Anything goes, as long as it’s funny, uplifting, happy…you get the drift. Let’s banish those Monday morning blues…are you on board? Giddy up, and let’s get ready for…Happy Mondays! You can be sure that it’ll be something you’re going to look forward to each week.

This week…a bunch of photographs from the Handprint office…get ready to start giggling…

What has been making you smile today? It is beautifully sunny here in London, and daffodils are everywhere…a little birdie told me that Spring has arrived! Happy days. Here’s hoping that the PANTS made you smile…and Aliens Love Underpants too, y’know. Happy Monday to you all!

“Those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of happiness or have gone stark raving mad.” ~ Norm Papernick

Handprint News: 2012 So Far…

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So it looks like 2012 is rolling past faster than ever, and we are working harder than ever creating and developing more and more accessible education and performance projects.

Something’s Gotta Give has been creating some beautiful images, and we are really looking forward to sharing this performance with you soon.

Education projects so far this year have included:

Sustainable Schools; Energy Saving and Litter Pirates. Yes we were incredibly busy moving our set and puppets across the school, but we had a great week in East London and met so many great pupeteers. This drama, art/craft and curriculum project was a week of recyling, and great ideas. We will put up some of the pictures from the project on this site and our facebook page so do check it out.

The Person Behind the Profile student performance was a great success! After only 6 weeks, these year 7 & 8 students were able to perform to their friends and family devised pieces in response to social media. They looked at a range of styles of theatre, integrating British Sign Language and chorus work to create an exciting visual piece. Discussing concepts such as ‘Life without narration’ and whether social media was becoming an obssession we were very impressed, and had a great time on the project. Pictures from their performance will also be going online soon.

Projects to come:

Aztecs have been filling our minds full of Montezuma and human sacrifices. We are definitely creating some interesting puppets for this piece. We shall be visiting a Primary school in North London soon with this ‘dangerous’ and creative Aztec experience.

Some of the team are lucky enough to be heading North with a Anti- Bullying project, explored through puppetry and visual theatre. This will be our first project up North so fingers crossed the snow will stop!

We are really excited to announce that we are working with Mousetrap Productions, to develop an accesible experience of The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre. We have a team of 12 Deaf/Hearing facilitators currently planning this project, and are definitely enjoying their Hakuna Matata and drumming skills!

Don’t forget that Soapy Sam is on tour once again, performing for 3 weeks in The Warehouse Theatre, Croydon. We will have a combination of Easter Holiday activity days, matinees and evening performances and look forward to seeing you there! We will also have the fantastic opportunity to be working with the Signdance Collective, who will be performing and Dead Days Beyond Help, creating a programme of accessible work. Not to be missed!

Watch this space…

Other Internet Places…

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…just in case you want to find us elsewhere, here is where we reside.




Handprint’s Group 

Handprint’s Page





We love hearing from you all, so don’t be shy, leave a comment or drop us a line. Happy Friday; hope you have a good weekend to look forward to.

Planning, Planning, Planning…

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(Planning by the Handprint team, photo by Sarah Ward.)

Hakuna Matata…

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This week has brought with it an amazing project for Handprint, and we can’t wait to tell you more…but, for now, watch this space…

“What an amazing week in the History of Handprint! Piloting a deaf accessible project in the Westend for ‘The Lion King’ at the Lyceum theatre!! 4 workshops happening in 3 different venues, lots of excited pupils (and teachers)… we have an amazing talented team!!”

~ Marian Hoddy


Hakuna Matata, 
It means no worries for the rest of your days,
It’s our problem-free philosophy, 
Hakuna Matata! 

(Music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice. Photo by Sarah Ward.)

Curiouser, and curiouser…

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…Handprint has landed at WordPress! For those who know us, thank you for your continued support…and those who are new, then a big, beautiful WELCOME! Handprint Theatre was created in 2009, by graduates from an unique course at Reading University: Theatre Arts, Education and Deaf Studies (yes, you read that right…what an interesting course, right?!). Over the past few years, we have gone from strength to strength, experiencing all the great highs and lows that the rollercoaster of setting up your own company brings with it…and we are still so excited for the future.

This blog will predominantly be run by Sarah and Lizzie Ward, two sisters who are part of the growing Handprint Theatre team. Topics that may be blogged about are: Handprint news, events, exciting things going on in the Deaf (and Hearing) world, theatre news, funny stories from within Handprint…and a whole load of other, random titbits, quite possibly not relevant, but included anyway… Enjoy!