Brief-Blue-Electric-Bloom presents a delicately intense world where signs begin and music completes every sentence.  Where we strive, through difference, to communicate our desires, dreams and loss…”

Written, composed and devised by Ailís Ní Ríain, Brief-Blue-Electric-Bloom was originally developed with Greenroom in Manchester as part of Ready? In 2010 Cornerhouse Manchester and Abandon Normal Devices festival commissioned a performance at The International Anthony Burgess Centre in Manchester, UK.

Brief-Blue-Electric-Bloom experiments with the idea of embedding interpretive signing within a work combining poetry, animation and contemporary music. My aim here was to enable a deaf audience and disable a hearing audience in the hope that we ‘receive’ the work equally.

Interpretive Sign language by Pat Joliat and Alex McDonald
Tom McKinney (guitar) & Tim Williams (cimbalom)
Illustrations and animations by Laura Richardson

“Brief-Blue-Electric-Bloom is certainly based upon an interesting premise and it’s one sure to create debate about the future of accessible theatre and spoken-word entertainment in all its forms.” – Disability Arts Online