The Vagina Monologues, Melbourne Fringe 2017
WINNER: ARTS ACCESS VICTORIA ACCESS AND INCLUSION AWARD
I felt bonded to the women on stage and in the audience in our experience of womanhood. Deafferent is to be highly commended on their innovation and approach to theatre.
The play…deftly brought to the fore the importance of understanding and accepting one’s own body, wherever possible…Deafferent Theatre and director Jessica Moody’s exceptional production helped celebrate the vagina in a way that was sensitive and powerful.
Black is the Colour, Melbourne Fringe 2016
WINNER: BEST EMERGING PRODUCER
There is little lost in translation…there are moments when the physicality transcends the words; both the hearing and non-hearing audiences are left to interpret movement, without a word exchanged.
Here, the visual language claims its space as an Australian language to be used and seen, rather than one that’s only a side-stage interpretation…[a] powerfully unique interpretation.
Interviews and Features
As well as bringing deaf people into the theatre, the duo [are] engaging deaf actors to take to the stage. “It’s really important that people can get to see themselves in some way shape or form on the stage…if theatre is a reflection of the world and we’re only seeing the same type of person, the same type of actor on stage then we’re not accurately representing the world.”
Moody’s philosophy is simple: “The more diversity there is on the stage, the more diverse stories we tell, and thus create diverse thinkers.”