Introducing Auslan interpreted shows at the Lighthouse Theatre

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Lighthouse Theatre is very excited to welcome its first ever performance to the stage that will be Auslan interpreted.

More people will have the chance to experience the stage adaptation of THE 13-STOREY TREEHOUSE, Andy Griffiths’ and Terry Denton’s best-selling book, when it plays on Tuesday March 22 at Lighthouse Theatre.

Two other shows will have Auslan interpreters this year: award-winning romantic comedy Become The One on May 15 and the
Melbourne International Comedy Festival on June 4.

Lighthouse Theatre Service Manager Xavier Dannock said the theme over the 2022 Theatre Season was celebrate together, and with that, he wanted to develop a season that truly included everyone – no matter their age, interests, or abilities.

“We are very honoured to have Australia’s leading Auslan Theatre Interpreters Auslan Stage Left come to the Lighthouse Theatre," she said.

“Having a performance Auslan Interpreted live on stage hasn’t been done before here at Lighthouse Theatre, and I believe it is such an important addition to have in our theatre season.

“I hope it encourages community members who are deaf or hard of hearing to come and experience the joy and excitement of live theatre - something they may have never had the opportunity to do.”

About the show: Who wouldn't want to live in a treehouse? Especially a 13-Storey Treehouse that has everything, including a bowling alley, a secret underground laboratory, self-making beds, a vegetable vaporiser and a marshmallow machine that shoots marshmallows into your mouth whenever you're hungry.

Andy and Terry live there, make stories together, and have a series of completely nutty adventures. Now they’re going to bring those stories to the stage in their first play– except they forgot to write it! And where will they find flying cats, a mermaid, a sea monster, an invasion of monkeys, and a giant gorilla?

They may not have these things, but they do have some friends to help out, a box of costumes and props, some pretty awesome technology and a truckload of imagination!

Audiences and critics alike loved the show, with The Australian describing it as “a cheerful and brisk production…that has the kids engaged and amused from the outset”.

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