More Than Words Can Say
Catherine Dunn and Sam Martin
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Presented by Arts House, Catherine Dunn and Sam Martin as part of The Warehouse Residency
Friday 26 – Saturday 27 August, 2022
All shows will be Auslan Interpreted
2 hours including Q&A with the artists
Please note: there is a lock-out for this performance so we encourage you to arrive early. Doors open 1 hour prior to the performance.
Pay if you can $35
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North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
An exploration and showcase of authentic script development for Deaf storytelling.
Storytelling is at the core of all cultures; providing a connection between the past, present and future.
Historically, fictional productions which include sign language have often begun with scripts that use the written text of a spoken language (Kusters and Fenlon, 2022). This obstructs the Deaf community’s opportunity to share their stories authentically, as actors are influenced by the written text with the additional challenges of translating it to a performed sign language.
Throughout their Warehouse Residency, Catherine Dunn and Sam Martin explored how Deaf storytelling could be developed without the influence of the traditionally oppressive spoken language.
Collaborating with five Deaf artists – Raquel Fasano, Dan Fox, Julia Murphy, Karthik Vijanandam and Franco Spadea – they experimented with different methods utilised by Deaf theatre companies around the world. Artists participated in a series of workshops facilitated by experienced practitioners in Deaf theatre at both national and international levels.
Culminating in a public showcase, More Than Words Can Say features developed scenes of Deaf theatre in Auslan and artists discussions that invites everyone to reimagine the future of storytelling, Deaf accessibility and inclusion of sign language
- Catherine Dunn and Sam Martin
About the Artists
Sam Martin (he/him) is a Deaf Gay/Queer creative producer and director passionate about the many facets of identities, inclusivity, navigating English and Auslan, and empowering and encouraging Deaf and queer communities. He has worked and continues to work within theatre and film with a range of exciting projects. His award-winning short film “Deafying Gravity” was shown internationally and continues to tour nationally.
Performers: Raquel Fasano, Dan Fox, Julia Murphy, Karthik Vijanandam, Franco Spadea
Mentor: Jess Moody
Lab Facilitators: Jodee Mundy, Danni Wright and Salomon Gerber
More Than Words Can Say is supported by City of Melbourne through Arts House.
Image Credit: Photo by Ashton Jean-Pierre
Image Description: Two people sit at a small dining room table intimately signing to one another in Auslan over popcorn and red wine. Their gestures are captured in slow motion, blurring in speed and emotion as they communicate.