Dulcie McKie

Sign Singers perform on the “In South Tonight” programme – Dunedin 1984

1984
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The Sign Singers tour the South Island for Deaf Awareness in 1984, and are invited to perform on ‘In South Tonight’ while in Dunedin. The song filmed was ‘I Hear Your Hand’ which the group had performed for broadcast previously.

Excerpt from “Talking Hands, Listening Eyes” – Pat Dugdale:

“In 1984 half the Auckland group – Dulcie McKie, Shirley Withers and Edith Tabrar, with their prompter Jane Huddleston – toured the South Island for Deaf Awareness Week, giving 24 performances and teaming up in Christchurch with the local Sign Singers group: Jo Hussey, Noeline Still, Claire Liddicoat.”

Interestingly, their act was recorded at 4:30pm and shown with captions at 7:30pm – three hours later. People at the time wondered how the captioning process could be so quick when it was supposed to be so time-consuming.

Donated by Dulcie McKie
Produced by In South Tonight, Television New Zealand
Original format VHS
Sponsored By Otago Deaf Society