More Than Words Can Say
Catherine Dunn and Sam Martin
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
Pay if you can $35
A small transaction fee will be charged per order.
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
Seven Deaf artists reflect upon their relationship with signed stories and Audism.
Stories are the bedrock on which any culture founds itself, but how does their telling shape that culture?
Deaf artists find themselves having to prove themselves as equals to their hearing counterparts every day, but this Audism ignores the potential that these artists have to create work that hearing artists can’t.
Catherine Dunn and Sam Martin will work with five Deaf artists, throughout their Warehouse Residency to explore the significance and promise of signed stories. Their residency will create a culturally safe space to experiment, share skills and create. They will pay attention to the intersectional experiences of Deaf artists, from disability to culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
The culmination of the residency will be a public performance evening and artist discussion that imagines the future of Deaf theatre and beyond.
- 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: Luke King, Jodee Mundy, Danni Wright
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.