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Jonny grew up in a hearing family, surrounded by fear of the stigma of disability.
Louder Is Not Always Clearer tells Jonny’s moving, funny story of disconnection, difference and desperation to belong. This one-man show is a starkly honest portrayal of a man seemingly confident, outgoing and popular, who is inwardly vulnerable and, at times, isolated.
In a hearing world Jonny is different.
Please note: This show uses captioning, some BSL and spoken English. The spoken sections are subtitled or a video of signing accompanies these sections. It’s accessible to hearing and non-hearing audiences but is not BSL interpreted throughout.
"A brilliant exercise in empathy as it allows a hearing audience to briefly experience the world as Cotsen sees and hears it” - Lyn Gardner, Stage Door
★★★★ “This unpretentiously charming show has been made for both him and us. It's a story that needs telling, and it's got a communal ending you're not likely to forget.” - Donald Hutera, Fest
★★★★ “We get the message loud and clear” Kelly Apter, The Scotsman
Age Recommedation: 12+
THU 2 APR: Free post-show talk in The Place Cafe
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Devised and Performed by: Jonny Cotsen
Devised and Directed by: Gareth Clark
Sound Design: Chris Young
Choreography: Catherine Bennett
Lighting: Marega Palser & Ceri Benjamin
Support by Arts Council Wales, Chapter Arts Centre, National Theatre Wales
First commissioned by and performed at Experimentica17
About Mr and Mrs Clark
Mr and Mrs Clark make new performances that are inspired by the stories around them. Founding members are Gareth Clark and Marega Palser. Louder Is Not Always Clearer is there first collaboration with Jonny Cotsen who met in Egypt in 1997. Louder was shortlisted for the Total Theatre Award in the Innovation, Experimentation and Expanding the Form category. The Clarks have previously been short-listed for the Amnesty International Freedom of Speech Award with the show Smash It Up.
Chapter Arts Centre , Experimentica, Arts Council Wales
Duration: 65 mins
Venue: at The Place
This event is part of Spring Season 2020