Tag Archives: deaf theatre

The Deaf world, from the inside out: Deafy, a Fringe review

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Deafy (Backstage Theatre) Then character we meet in Deafy is droll, wry, a master of the eye roll/shrug combo, a guy who’s in touch with the absurdities of his world. Nathan Jesper is Deaf. And his … Continue reading

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Deafy at the Fringe: changing the landscape for Deaf theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It was one of those theatre collaborations that start, like so many others, at a closing night party in the wee hours (after copious drinks). And like so many set in Edmonton, it included the fateful … Continue reading

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Transformations: what would it take to change the world? Catalyst Theatre enlisted three artists to ask the question

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “When you sign ‘new’ it means ‘to grow’.” — Chris Dodd, The Transformers: Regrowth Can something positive, something transforming emerge from a year of devastation? To imagine a better future for the world, who better to consult … Continue reading

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SOUND OFF gathers Deaf artists from across the country and beyond for its online 2021 edition

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In an age of probing questions about inclusivity in theatre, here’s a model of accessibility — forged in the fire of experience, years of it,  of being marginalized, and finding alternate pathways to communicating. SOUND OFF, Canada’s … Continue reading

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Romance into tragedy: the dark, violent, original new hearing-deaf Tempest at the Citadel. A review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It never stops raining in the version of The Tempest that’s now lashing and splashing and skidding across the Citadel mainstage. As the Fool in Twelfth Night sings (borrowed by this wettest of Tempests for the … Continue reading

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“The hour’s now come”: deaf and hearing actors together in The Tempest at the Citadel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “O brave new world, that has such people in’t,” as Miranda, the daughter of a deposed ruler in exile, says in wonder towards the end of one of Shakespeare’s most mysterious and haunting plays. In the … Continue reading

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Songs My Mother Never Sung Me: an opera for a hearing son and a deaf mom

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “I learned to sign before I could speak,” says Dave Clarke, who’s highly articulate, to say the least, in his second language.  There’s an intriguing contradiction built right into the architecture of Clarke’s multi-angled theatre career … Continue reading

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Workshop West announces its upcoming 39th season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca At the centre of Workshop West Playwrights Theatre’s upcoming 39th season, announced Thursday, is the world premiere of a new play by Edmonton’s Beth Graham. In Pretty Goblins, by the multi-talented actor/playwright (The Gravitational Pull of … Continue reading

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