Puppet show played Deaf and hearing members in Hyogo Prefecture

Sign language is used in the puppet play adapted from a folk tale in Hyogo Prefecture. 
(photo: http://www.kobe-np.co.jp/)

August 18, 2013

"The Deaf Puppet Theater - The Eyes" (「デフ・パペットシアター・ひとみ」), based in  Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture is a theatrical group which was established in 1980, consisted of Deaf and hearing members.

The Eyes performed the folk tale called "The Inch-high Samurai" in the citizen exchange center of Sumoto-shi, Hyogo Prefecture on August 17. It was the fourth time for the theater company to perform in the city.

About 200 persons from children to the elder enjoyed the play eagerly.

In the play, while Deaf members move a doll or puppet and sign, hearing members narrate or play a musical instrument. Also the large-sized screen showing the flows of caption is installed in the end of the stage.

The elementary school girl aged 10 who saw the play seemed to have enjoyed herself, saying, "Since the play with sign language was new to me, it was very interesting."

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