Jonny is a teacher, a workshop leader and an avid football fan. He’s just become a father. His friends say that he’s outgoing and that he loves music, festivals and nightclubs. Jonny is deaf. He was born deaf to hearing parents who were afraid that disability would stigmatise their son and the family.
An honest portrayal of 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.
Louder Is Not Always Clearer is a fully accessible performance to deaf audience with the use of captioning and BSL translation.
Devised and Performed by Jonny Cotsen
Devised and Directed by Gareth Clark
Sound Design Chris Young
Choreography Catherine Bennett
Lighting by Marega Palser
Support by Arts Council Wales, Chapter Arts Centre, National Theatre Wales
First commissioned by and performed at Experimentica17.
- A brilliant exercise in empathy as it allows a hearing audience to briefly experience the world as Cotsen sees and hears itLyn Gardner