Performance interpreting

Kyra has considerable experience in performance interpreting. She worked as an integral member of the production and cast for Theatre Workshop’s Marat/Sade (2008); translating the part of the Herald into BSL for the actress, and also performing a co-interpretation of the show at The Tramway in Glasgow, Lochgelly Theatre in Fife and the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh.

Kyra has co-interpreted a number of performances, although the majority of her work has been as a solo interpreter. This involves working on a translation of the script, which is then activated in her memory by the real-time performance of the actors. Kyra takes great care to integrate the interpretation into the performance, making innovative use of on-stage interaction, costume, and placement whenever possible (stagings include seated on the top of a tree, dancing on an over-sized bookcase, and sliding down poles).

Kyra also provides live interpretation at music events – from cabaret to the stages and muddy fields of Latitude and Glastonbury, once interpreting an impromptu open air performance by Annie Lennox in Vienna’s historic Heldenplatz (August 2010).

She has provided consultancy on performance interpreting to a number of organisations, and has interpreted numerous auditions (notably for ITV’s Granada Studios in July 2008).

Although not an exhaustive list, highlights of her performance interpreting career include:-

For the Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Ghost Train; Under Milk Wood; Dancing at Lughnasa; Enjoy; Talent; Stripy Tales; Pitchfork Disney; Abigail’s Party; Candide; Rough Side of the Boards; Red Hot Lovers; Gaslight; A Christmas Carol; The Daughter-in-Law; Happy Days; Mr. Sloane; Saved; The Mikado; Return to the Forbidden Planet; The Owl and the Pussycat; All of you Mine; Silly Cow; Of Mice and Men; Rat Pack Confidential; The Lonesome West; The Firebird; Carmen; Cooking with Elvis; The Weir; BFG; Beauty Queen of Lenane; Beautiful Thing; Satin and Steel; Two; Eight Miles High; I Just Stopped By To See The Man; East is East; The Twits; A View From The Bridge; Broken Glass; Accidental Death of an Anarchist; blue/orange; Blonde Bombshells of 1943; The Wedding Dance; Absurd Person Singular; Lysistrata (for Northern Broadsides); And Did Those Feet; Oh, What a Lovely War!; A Christmas Carol; The Crucible; Road; Spring and Port Wine; Meet the Mukherjees; From Here to Wigan (live);The Merchant of Venice, The Venetian Twins; Danny, Champion of the World; Up Against the Wall; The Caretaker; Looking for Buddy; Oleanna; The Seafarer; Mixed Up North; All My Sons; Ghosts; Oliver Twist; A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream; And Did Those Feet; Comedians; Rafta Rafta; The Hired Man; A Streetcar Named Desire; Love on The Dole; The Price; Demolition Man; Secret Thoughts; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf; Habeas Corpus; Alfie; Macbeth; Winslow Boy.

For Oldham’s Coliseum Theatre

Alfie; Dead Funny; Aladdin (twice); A Different Way Home; Y’Shunta Joined; The Cemetery Club; Dancing in the Streets; Underneath the Arches; East is East; Hot Pants; Rebecca; Roughyeds; Staircase; Unleashed; Mother Goose; The Mysterious Mr. Love; Loads a Money; Love’s a Luxury; An Evening with Gary Lineker; The Houses in B’tween; Canterbury Tales; Clio, Camping etc.; My Mother Said I Never Should; Cinderella; Misery; Mr. Wonderful; Simply the Best; Equus; Straight and Narrow; Heaven Can Wait; Jack and The Beanstalk; 10 Rillington Place; Laurel and Hardy; Love Me Slender; Beautiful Thing; Aladdin; April in Paris; Brighton Beach Memoirs; Home; Babes in The Wood; Driving Miss Daisy; The Wizard of Oz; Absurd Person Singular; Mail Order Bride; Turn of the Screw; Perfect Days; The Wind in the Willows; One for the Road; Brassed Off (two productions); Proof; Dick Whittington; Feels Like the First Time; A Taste of Honey; Midden; Albert Nobbs; Noises Off; Union Street; Jack and the Beanstalk;. Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay; Saturday Night, Sunday Morning; An Inspector Calls; Dick Barton; Travels with My Aunt; Absolutely Frank; Quartet; Blithe Spirit; Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis; On the Piste; Two; Mother Goose; Absent Friends; A Nightingale Sang; Up on The Roof; The Memory of Water; Road to Nab End; Kez; The Sunshine Boys; Private Lives; Dumb Show; Star Cross’d; Sleeping Beauty; Stepping Out; Satin n Steel; Passionate Woman; Fine Bright Day; Deathtrap; The Glass Menagerie; Taking Steps; Dick Whittington.

For Duke’s Theatre, Lancaster

Street of Strangers; The Emperor and the Nightingale; The Snow Queen; Kafka’s Dick; Blue Remembered Hills; Betrayal; Canterbury Tales (outdoor promenade performance);Tom Thumb and Other Giant Stories (outdoor promenade performance); Under Milk Wood; The Accrington Pals; A Christmas Carol; Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis; The Caretaker; Tom Sawyer (outdoor promenade performance); Be My Baby; Charlotte’s Web; Home Fires; Jane Bond (for Lip Service); An Inspector Calls; The Twits; Beauty and The Beast (outdoor promenade performance);The Bomb (with Action Transport), Sleeping Beauty; Sabbat; Jamaica House; Jason and The Argonauts (outdoor promenade performance); Of Mice and Men; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; My Mother Said I Never Should; The Gift and The Glory; Quicksand; Little Voice; Merlin and Arthur (outdoor promenade performance).

For Lip Service

Tony and Twizzle: The Glory Years (2008) at The Lowry, Salford Quays.

Jane Bond (2007) at the Duke’s Theatre, Lancaster and the Library Theatre, Manchester.

Works for other theatres include

The Man Who Planted Trees at The Scottish Storytelling Centre

A Christmas Carol at Theatre-by-the Lake in Keswick

Because It’s There and Kiss of the Spiderwoman at Nottingham Playhouse

Four pantomimes at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre

Measure for Measure at the Platform in Morecambe

Two theatre-in-education performances at the Wigan Pier Theatre

The Tragic but Brave Show at the Buddle Arts Centre, Wallsend in 1993.

Musical performance work includes

Glastonbury Festival 2011, 2010, 2009

Including interpreting for Tom Jones, Beyoncé, Blur, Rolf Harris, Billy Bragg, Fleet Foxes, Mumford and Sons, Spaceships are Cool, Deaf Rave and the artists of the Attitude is Everything stage

Latitude Festival 2012, 2011

Including interpreting for K T Tunstall, and Simon Armitage (poetry)

Women’s Performance Tent, Brighton Pride, 2007

The Strength and Pride Country Music Festival (1991), North London Polytechnic.

Miscellaneous performance, literary and poetry interpretations include

For the Manchester Poetry Festival 2001 Kyra worked with the author Phil Christopher to translate the award-winning Manchester Airport Commission piece Texts 4, which she also performed alongside four male actors and co-interpreter Julie Stephens at The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

For the Edinburgh Book Festival 2008

Including interpreting for Val McDermid, David Lodge, John Prescott, Jenni Murray, Michael Morpurgo, David McKean, Ian Rankin, Mark Thomas, Charlie Higson, Barry Appleby.

Royal Television Society Awards 2008, The Sage, Gateshead

An evening with Jane Horrocks for the Alumni Association of the University of Central Lancashire 2004.

The Northern Arts Awards, Theatre Royal, Newcastle 1989

Including interpreting for Melvyn Bragg and Andy Goldsworthy






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