Magic Hands is a show featuring poetry for children translated entirely into British Sign Language (BSL).
Featuring poems from Robert Louis Stephenson to Roger Stevens and Michaela Morgan the programmes are fun, five-minute packages that mix sign language, the spoken word, music and animation to bring the poems to life and capture the imaginations of both deaf and hearing children.
The production is breaking new ground; it’s the
first time poetry has ever been translated into British Sign Language and the
first production with an entirely deaf cast using
British Sign Language.
The Magic Hands presenters are all new to children’s television and are all profoundly deaf. On set they worked with professional interpreters along with the series’ artistic director, Jean St Clair, and both deaf and hearing production crew.