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Donna Ruane

Donna is probably the West End's most prolific Sign Language Interpreter as she has regularly interpreted Jersey Boys,
Billy Elliot, Mamma Mia!, Blood Brothers, Phantom of the Opera, We Will Rock You, The Lion King, Shrek, Singin' in the Rain, Rock of Ages
and War Horse,
Chicago, Legally Blonde. Oliver!, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Sister Act, Lord of the Rings, Little Shop of Horrors, The Woman in White, Avenue Q, Spamalot, Annie, Evita, Grease, Fame, Dirty Dancing, Saturday Night Fever, Blood Brothers, Rent, The Mousetrap, Mary Poppins, Reduced Shakespeare Company, Never Forget, Bombay Dreams, Love Never Dies, The King & I, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Scrooge, Jailhouse Rock, The Witches of Eastwick,The Sound of Music, Cabaretand The Woman in Black. . At the Old Vic The Entertainer, A Moon for the Misbegotten and Ian McKellen's Aladdin plus Spring Awakening at the Lyric Hammersmith. She has also for many years interpreted the Laurence Olivier Awards for the Society of London Theatre, at the Edinburgh Festival, and Unicorn Theatre's Opera, Clockwork at the Royal Opera House where she returned for Faeries and The Wind in the Willowsin 2012. Since 1998, she has been resident Sign Language Interpreter at the Churchill Theatre Bromley for many shows including High School Musical (on tour and at the Hammersmith Apollo). At the Rose Theatre Kingston Bedroom Farce and Judi Dench's Midsummer Night's Dream. West End shows have included Hair, Love Never Dies, Legally Blonde (also Theatre Royal Nottingham and at Southend) Betty Blue Eyes, Million Dollar Quartet and The Wizard of Oz, Rock of Ages, Shrek the Musical,
Singin' in the Rain, Bette & Joan
, Shakespeare in Love, Made in Dagenham, Miss Saigon plus Gypsy at the Curve,Leicester. Disney have chosen her to interpret the UK tour of The Lion King which she continues to interpret in the West End and on tour as well as the National Theatre's War Horse.. Donna is the Senior Interpreter at Theatresign,a qualified Assessor and Mentor who teaches on its training courses and has responsibility for mentoring new Theatre Interpreters. In 2011/2012 she was part of Theatresign's training team for Theatre Interpreters at the National Theatre in Budapest,and at the British Embassy in Hungary. Donna also leads Theatresign's work with Mousetrap Theatre Projects' StageSeen which has includedThe Lion King, Billy Elliot, Shrek, Wicked, The Bodyguard, Matilda, Mamma Mia!and Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. She is the official Sign Language Interpreter for the UK tours of The Lion King, War Horse, One Man Two Guvnors, Jersey Boys, The Bodyguard and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.


Emma Isted .

While at University studing BSL/English Interpreting, a chance meeting with Terry Ruane led to a work placement working with Terry and Donna Ruane at Signaway where she made her debut as a Theatre Interpreter with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Churchill Theatre Bromley. Since then she has interpreted the show many times at Crawley, Southend and Tunbridge Wells and also interpreted Bill Kenwright's West End production in September 2004.. In Southend she has also interpreted Stepping Out at the Palace Theatre and Grease at the Cliffs Pavilion where she has also interpreted a number of pantomimes as well as working as as a BBC studio audience interpreter over the last few years. In 2005 she became Theatresign's resident Interpreter for Les Miserables in the West End and has since added Calendar Girls, Phantom of the Opera, The Sound of Music and the West End Joseph starring Lee Mead from TV's Any Dream Will Do. She has interpreted a number of pantomimes and many other shows including Blood Brothers, Grease and Carousel in addition to a number of children's shows.


Julie Thompson

Julie qualified as an interpreter in 2001 and was immediately thrown in at the deep end by interpreting Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd” at York Theatre Royal. In 2003 she became the regular interpreter at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, interpreting 46 plays, including 29 by Alan Ayckbourn. Highlights include “Intimate Exchanges” in 2006-7, a suite of 16 plays developed from an identical beginning with all parts played by only 2 actors, “Pirates of Penzance” with a modern re-writing of the Major General’s song and “The Champion of Paribanou” when the theatre had to be evacuated because the stage smoke set off the fire alarms. From 2006 to 2011 she also interpreted at the National Railway Museum in York for their resident theatre group, Platform 4, clocking up a total of 264 performances.

Julie has attended four Theatresign courses to date and firmly believes that there is always something new to be learned. She made her Theatresign debut with “The Importance of Being Earnest” at the Rose Theatre Kingston and continued with Yes Prime Minister at the Hawth, Crawley. In 2012 she interpreted “The Mousetrap” in London’s West End and wil, be returning in 2017.

Janet Guest

Janet has had a great love for Shakespeare since the age of 11 and made a big impact on one of the Theatresign training courses. She has interpreted As You Like It at the Rose Theatre Kingston in March 2011 as her Theatresign debut. Her professional experience includes The Comedy of Errors and Charley's Aunt at the Royal Exchange, Manchester and a number of shows for Exeter Little Theatre Company including Educating Rita and An Inspector Calls. She will again be interpreting As You Like It at the Royal Exchange Manchester later this year and returned to London for The Lion King
She has become Theatresign's resident interpreter at Shalespeare's Globe last summer where she interpreted Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew and Richard III. She returned to the Globe in the summer of 2013 and interpreted Propeller's Taming of the Shrew at Nottingham as part of a Theatresign training course in spring 2013.


Anna Francis
After studying Theatre Arts Education and Deaf Studies at the University of Reading, completing her Sign Language qualifications with a Postgraduate Diploma in 2007 and two Theatresign courses she made her Theatresign debut at the Rose Theatre Kingston in March 2012, with Lady from the Sea starring Joely Richardson and returned for
The Second Mrs Tanqueray this year. 

In 2007 she worked with Graeae Theatre Company as an actor/interpreter for their production of Flower Girls by Richard Cameron which toured the UK. Anna has also interpreted Peach Boy for Oxfordshire Theatre Company at the Old Fire Station Theatre in Oxford and Doctor Faustus for Creation Theatre Company. 

She has previously interpreted Peter Pan and Cinderella at the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon and Aladdin at the Bath Theatre Royal. She is very much enjoying the challenge of combining BSL with her experience and passion for theatre and live performance. She interpreted the pantomime at Hackney Empire and was back at the Rose, Kingston in 2013 for The Vortex and Smack Family Robinson.

Vicky Nunn

Vicky studied for a degree in Performing Arts, before starting to learn sign language in 2002 and qualified as a sign language interpreter in 2009. Since then she has attended several Theatresign training courses, and is keen to combine her love of theatre with her love of sign language. Vicky has interpreted several shows, including Really Old, Like Forty Five at The Brentwood Theatre, and Twelfth Night Fever at The Millfield Theatre, Enfield. She has also interpreted pantomimes at Fairfield Halls, Croydon and at The Wycombe Swan. Christmas 2012. Vicky made her Theatresign debut in August 2012, interpreting Les Miserables in the West End and has also interpreted The Commitments. She has also interpreted several shows at Richmond Theatre including Dinosaur Zoo, Spring Awakening and Peppa Pig's Big Splash and 20th Century Boy at Wimbledon Theatre also Jesus Christ Superstar at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley. She has interpreted pantomime at Barking Theatre for the last few years and has also shows for Chickenshed Theatre Company, and interpreted the 2014/15 tour of Calamity Jane for Theatresign. 


Karl Llorca

Karl’s interpreting work has ranged from Dr Faustus, 1984, Orpheus Descending and Punk Rock at the Royal Exchange Manchester to musicals like Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Producers and Fiddler on the Roof . At the Bush Theatre London  2000 Feet Away and Artifact . With DADA (Deaf and Disabled Arts) in Liverpool for Mat Fraser in his one man show Sealboy, plus Freakshow and Beauty and the Beast and DaDaLesque. Regional theatre has included Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Scrooge at The Citadel in St Helens, The Road to Nab End and Alfie at the Oldham Coliseum,; a promenade production of Peter Pan at the park in Lancaster, Hi Vis and Deaf Jam at the Dukes Lancaster and at the Octagon in Bolton the Queen of the North about Pat Phoenix and her rise to to stardom. Karl first worked with Theatresign  on a musical theatre interpreting course which focused on  Billy Elliot. He also attended the Theatresign course on panto interpreting last year just before making his debut with Peter Pan at the Opera House Manchester and another production of Peter Pan in New Brighton. Karl has also been involved with interpreting associations at national, European and international levels and is a qualified A1/A2 Assessor. Outside of work Karl enjoys working out at the gym and socialising with friends and family. Priscilla was his Theatresign debut and he also interpreted Evita at The Lowry,Salford Quays.

Laura Goulden

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Stacey Green

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Taz Hockaday

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Laura Miller

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Caroline Richardson

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Cheryl Underhill

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Karen Ward

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Nicola Williams

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