July 28, 2015
The Saga Deaf theatre group "Ebis" (left)
greets an audience with members of
the Fukuoka Deaf theatre group "Hakata"
after the performance.
A sign language performance of the Saga Deaf theatre group "Ebis (God of Wealth)" took place in the north public hall at Takeo-shi in Japan's southern island on July 26.
It was the first appearance on the stage for most members, but with their sign language with an expression and a movement abundantly, they performed enthusiastically and received big clapping from about 200 audience.
Hirakawa Shingo, 63, the "Ebis" leader, who has been a Deaf actor for about 30 years, called for starting a new theater group, which three actors and one staff responded. They all practiced with support from the "Fukuoka Deaf Theatre "Hakata" since last autumn.
The play titled The Candies Story is about a mother who runs out leaving her baby becomes a ghost and comes to buy the candy for her child.
Subtitles also were provided so that everyone enjoyed the play.