On Saturday 29th January 2022, the terrace at Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham, became the backdrop for Rinkoo Barpaga’s R&D sharing of his new show, Remote Control

Photograph by Graeme Braidwood ©

About Remote Control:

Rinkoo has spent time exploring and testing new work for a family audience, directed by Richard Hayhow (Open Theatre) and working with Deaf actors, Caroline Parker (Graeae, Derby Theatre), Christopher Laing (HSBC Advert 2021, Deaf Talent Collective), and hearing actor, Simon Gleave (David Glass Ensemble, Created A Monster.)

The team has been exploring themes of power and control, using physical theatre, puppetry techniques, and a non-verbal theatrical performance style that is accessible to most audiences.

“A very warm, welcoming, funny and accessible show”
— Audience Member 

Together, the team created a series of frameworks that set up situations, and then allow spontaneous improvisation and engagement with a live audience that should result in engaging and comedic short scenes.

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About Rinkoo Barpaga:

Rinkoo Barpaga, started as a deaf comedian in New York. Rinkoo is a powerful and gripping storyteller, and has made two sell-out touring shows, ‘Am I Funny?’ And ‘Made In India / Britain.’

In early 2020, Rinkoo was awarded an Offsite Seed Commission to develop his work for outdoor festivals in the Midlands, due to Covid -19 this work was postponed. The Midlands Art Centre has agreed to provisionally book the work for the summer of 2022, for the new outdoor space at Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham. 


Rinkoo Barpaga with Stephen Collins, Derby Theatre 2019

Pre-pandemic, Rinkoo had already decided to adapt his work to outdoor spaces, hoping to reach a wider audience including Deaf audiences in Black and Asian communities. Deaf audiences have traditionally not attended theatre as these buildings are cultural and physical barriers.