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A signing Princess Leia heads to Doncaster’s DN Festival

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This year’s DN Festival has a real focus on accessibility and will feature a signing Princess Leia, interpreted performances and a subtitled cinema screening.

Right Up Our Street are bringing this exciting space-themed festival to Doncaster on Saturday July 28 in Sir Nigel Gresley Square and the Village at Waterdale Shopping Centre as well as a pop up cinema event on Friday, July 27.

Sally Lockey, project director for Right Up Our Street, who are organising the event, said: “We are really pleased to be working with organisations including Doncaster Deaf Trust and The Hesley Group to make sure that this year’s festival has a real focus on accessibility.

“The festival site already offers disabled and Changing Places toilets, within CAST, stair free venues and a Quiet Zone room for people who need to take time away from the hustle and bustle of the festival.

“We know that lots of people love to come to Doncaster and watch and take part in the DN Festival events and this year we wanted to make this even easier for people who have additional needs.

“Working closely with specialist organisations in the town we’ve now added BSL interpretation for scripted performances throughout the 28 July, we have Becky Barry - who has performed in and signed throughout a number of pantomime’s at CAST in Doncaster – as Princess Leia who will be signing.

“There will also be Makaton friendly helpers and signage and our two pop up cinema screenings will be subtitled.”

Many of the performances will be non-verbal and Right Up Our Street have created and Easy Read guide for the festival.

“We really hope that these additional elements will make it easier for even more people to come along and enjoy what will be a fantastic event with astronauts, innovative workshops and a pop up cinema as DN Festival Does Space this July,” added Sally.

Using the theme of space Right Up Our Street have invited and commissioned a number of Yorkshire-based artist to showcase ambitious work alongside a small number of handpicked nationally touring pieces. Doncaster’s own Lioness Theatre presenting ‘The Black Stuff’ and Jenkinson-Parks will be some of the many highlights.

Thanks to Right Up Our Street’s continued relationship with Without Walls Associate Touring Network. DN Festival will be welcoming the innovative dance theatre piece ‘Urban Astronaut’ by Highly Sprung and the beautifully post-apocalyptic ‘The Wheel House’ by Acrajou.

The summer festival will also see a giant inflatable venue called The Big M take over Sir Nigel Gresley Square, this will become a central hub for a sci-fi Cosy Cinema screening to a family rave.

For further information visit rightupourstreet.org.uk or for accessibility queries email hello@rightupourstreet.org.uk