Theatre and Performance Practice student works on first ever British Sign Language sitcom

Date: 16/12/2014

First year Theatre and Performance Practice student Jamie Ogier Russel was offered a placement opportunity with deaf TV company Mutt and Jeff Pictures.

Mutt and Jeff Pictures have a working relationship with theatre and performance practice at London Met and invited one of our students to take up this placement. As Jamie is able to use British Sign Language this seemed the perfect match. 

The placement consisted of working as a runner both in the rehearsal studio and on a three camera television set in Manchester.

Jamie says this of the placement:

“It was extremely beneficial for my career. I was able to experience and learn what is required in the process of creating a television programme, as well as practice my communication skills in British Sign Language. I met a variety of contacts during this process and learnt what each job role within a production team involves. I was given the opportunity to try different roles as well as fulfilling my role as a runner. I also made a new group of friends whilst working on this project and grew in personal confidence. I will always remember this unique experience and to be credited on the first ever British Sign Language sitcom is an invaluable achievement”.