There seems to be an exciting and long-awaited shift towards understanding and awareness of deafness and disability in general taking place in the media and arts with the push into 2018.
A young deaf girl – not a Hollywood starlet but a normal little girl from Swindon who happens to be deaf – is nominated for an Oscar for her performance in “The Silent Child”.
Now here in Swansea the Taliesin Arts Centre is hosting a ground-breaking new play about one man’s struggle to live his life with deafness.
‘Louder is Not Always Clearer’ tells the story of Jonny, a teacher, a workshop leader, a football fan, a father, a festival goer. Jonny is deaf. The play tells his humorous and moving story, portraying the vulnerability of a deaf man, created and performed by a deaf man.
For a hearing audience it is an illuminating and emotional experience. For deaf audience members the show is a familiar tale of misunderstanding and isolation. For all audiences it is a humorous and at times moving story of one man’s attempt to cope, to fit in and be accepted.
Mr and Mrs Clark short-listed for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award in 2015 and presented (F.E.A.R.) as part of Wales In Edinburgh in 2017.
“Louder is Not Always Clearer” is showing in the Taliesin Great Hall on 22nd February at 7.30pm. To find out more or book tickets log onto
Note: The performance incorporates British Sign Language, creative captions and spoken English to make it accessible to D/deaf, deafened and hard of hearing audiences. Should any audience members require audio enhancement during the performance, then headsets will be provided.