Fully Accessible Production Of Gogol’s The Government Inspector Comes To The Everyman This June

A RETELLING of Nikolai Gogol’s satirical masterpiece, The Government Inspector, will be performed by a cast of deaf and disabled actors as well as abled-bodied actors as part of a ground-breaking national project. Ramps on the Moon aims to stimulate awareness of disability issues within arts and culture and the production will be at the Everyman from 1 to 11 June. The news that a government inspector is due to arrive in a small Russian town sends its bureaucrats into a panicked frenzy. The Mayor’s fear is well-founded as he has been somewhat lacking in his official duties:  the hospital’s a health hazard, the school’s a war zone, the soldiers don’t have trousers to march in and he never quite got around to finishing his building programme.  However, a simple case of mistaken identity leads to matters spiralling out of control, exposing the hypocrisy and corruption at the heart of the town in this biting satire. Visually stunning, with a spectacular set and lavish costumes reminiscent of The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Government Inspector will contain a creative use of Audio Description, Captioning and British Sign Language in all performances. This will be the first production by Ramps On The Moon, a touring project that brings together a collaborative network of theatres that was formed to address the under representation and employment of disabled people in the theatre industry. This vital and ground-breaking touring project signals a change in disability arts provision in the UK. Director Roxana Silbert said: “Written in 1835, The Government Inspector is a theatrical gem which has lost none of its original bite or humour. Adding to the pleasure of directing The Government Inspector has been working with a skilled cast and creative team who have provided valuable insight and inspiration into how to stage a show that explores the rich theatricality implicit in integrating BSL and audio description into mainstream theatre.”