Episode 8: Bea Webster

Traverse Theatre Company Hosted by Debbie Hannan

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In this week's episode host Debbie Hannan chats to actor and theatremaker Bea Webster.

Bea Webster is a deaf Scottish-Thai actor and theatre-maker who graduated with a BA Performance in British Sign Language and English from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She communicates in both Spoken English and BSL and has recently worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre of Scotland and the BBC. In their chat, Bea and Debbie cover topics including how to sign in a Scottish accent, intersectional identities, inclusion of deaf performers and audiences, the financial realities of the pandemic, their hopes for the future of theatre, and Sailor Moon tattoos.

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This episode's guest: Bea Webster

Bea Webster is a deaf Scottish-Thai actor and theatre-maker who graduated with a BA Performance in British Sign Language and English from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Recent Theatre Credits: The Winter’s Tale (Royal Shakespeare Company), Peeling (Taking Flight Theatre Company), Mother Courage and Her Children (Red Ladder Theatre Company), Love and Information (Solar Bear/RCS) A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Last Woman Left, Scavengers, Antigone (RCS).

Bea wrote, performed and directed House of Ladies for RCS’s On The Verge festival at the Citizens Theatre. She also co-wrote and devised Everything Will Be Perfect, playing drag queen Lyn Chee alongside Jamie Rea as Vikki Ryan. She has published a poem in both BSL and English titled Long Lost Lover, about her birthplace of Thailand. She also performed in BBC Social’s How not to be d*cks to deaf people.

She was nominated Best Actress in a Play at The Stage Debut Awards 2019 for her role of Kattrin in Mother Courage and Her Children, and is also one of the Playwrights Studio Scotland’s mentored playwrights for 2020.

Bea communicates in both Spoken English and British Sign Language.


Credits

  • Sound engineerRichard Bell
  • ComposerPatricia Panther