This summer, Billy Read was commissioned by Appetite Festival to take his brand-new outdoor dance performance to the streets of Stoke-on-Trent.

Forbidden Identity explores the personal struggle of a Deaf child growing up in a hearing world; denied access to British Sign Language and a Deaf community.

Using street dance, tutting, mime, and sign language, Billy collaborated with Deaf dancers Ariel Fung and Ben Randall to create the piece, with narrative support and mentorship from Deaf Theatre maker, Brian Duffy and directed by Johnny Autin (Autin Dance Theatre.)

Audiences were moved and inspired by the story of finding freedom through sign language and the support of Deaf friends.

Forbidden Identity is available for bookings for outdoor arts events and festivals.The work is twenty minutes in length and uses recorded sound.

Contact: for a tour pack.