Behind the Scenes: Brisbane Interpreter Training

30 May 2015, by Auslan Stage Left in Articles

After amazing sessions in Sydney, Melbourne and even New Zealand, our Foundations of Theatre Interpreting workshop arrived in Brisbane!  This workshop covered basic principles important for interpreters to know before they step onstage for the first time.  A two-day workshop, lead by the dynamic partnering of interpreter Della Goswell and actor Alex Jones, the weekend catered to both interpreters and deaf consultants. 

The team at Auslan Stage Left would like to thank DSQ, Arts Access, Metro Arts, and Macquarie Uni for making all of this possible. 




Here’s what Access Arts had to say about the workshop!

“Access Arts is thrilled to team up with Auslan Stage Left and Metro arts to help deliver Brisbane’s own Foundation of Theatre Interpreting workshop. This workshop will bring together highly skilled interpreters from across Queensland to connect with seasoned Auslan mentors who have specialised theatre interpreting skills and work closely with members of the deaf community. Metro Arts has kindly opened their doors to allow for the workshop participants to hold ‘mock’ workshops in their Sue Banner Theatre space.

This is a rare opportunity where interpreters and the deaf community can come together in consultation to strengthen and advocate for accessibility awareness in Brisbane’s arts sector. Access Arts looks forward to continuing their partnerships by learning more about Auslan theatre interpreting from the experts and sharing this event with our most valuable partners at Deaf Services Queensland and Metro Arts.”




At the end of the workshop, interpreters had the opportunity to perform snippets of two different productions, ‘Hamlet’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’. Here are our workshop leaders Della Goswell and Alex Jones performing!



See more photographs of interpreters performing by clicking here.  We’ve also got some sneaky snippets of the interpreter’s rehearsal process on our Facebook page! Just click on the pictures below to have a look!

Hamlet 1

Hamlet run through


hamlet 2

Feedback from Alex Jones



Watch how deaf consultants and interpreters work together!

Have you participated in one of our workshops? Leave us a comment and let us know what the highlight of your experience was!

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