Do You See What I Mean?

A play performed by Northern Academy 's Visually Impaired Performers

NAPA cast members

Saturday 23rd to Friday 29th September 2017

Music, song, drama, projections and comedy all collide in this artistic revue from members of Northern Academy of Performing Arts’ visually impaired group.

Based on ideas gathered through workshops held with other visually impaired individuals and supporting organisations throughout the city, each performance has been devised to offer a totally different view of sight loss and its portrayal in modern-day society.

Audiences can expect to see some thought provoking material that is based on the real life experiences of the performers. The actors tell their very personal stories of what it is like to become visually impaired and the reaction of people around them. They tell of their struggle to maintain their independence and to fight for their rights as individuals against a sometimes seemingly uncaring society . Enid Adams , a visually impaired performer, whose husband is also visually impaired, recalls his experience with being turned down for Personal Independence Payments, despite having all the medical evidence.  "We felt like we were criminals being tested time and time again", she said.  Her story has been developed into a humorous game show piece called 'We Don't Give A Toss ', with lots of audience participation .

The performers also have some funny stories to tell about the things that have happened to them as they go about their lives in Hull in 2017.  Donna Adams , also visually impaired, raises eyebrows because she refuses to use a traditional white cane. She insists on her favourite colour pink instead.  Donna says, "We don't let our disabilities get in the way in this group. We just get on with trying to be the best in what we love to do and that is perform. Our tutor doesn't make any allowances for us and we don't expect any."

Endeavouring to challenge stereotypes and break down barriers to artistic development, this is entertainment at its most stimulating.


Saturday 23 September at 7.30pm or Sunday 24 at 2pm at NAPA. Tickets: £5

Friday 29 September at 2pm. Free admission with a door donation to HERIB. 

Also at Hull Minster on Wednesday 27 September at 2pm. Tickets £5. 

For tickets call 01482 221113 or visit or ring NAPA at 01482 310690.