19:45, Tue 3rd – Sat 7th November 2015 at ADC Theatre
Michaelmas Week 4
“I just thought everyone’s parents spoke like that. Then I realised.”
“Just like I thought everyone’s parents walked around in the nude shouting at each other.”
Billy’s fiercely intelligent and proudly unconventional family are their own tribe, with their own private language, jokes and rules. You can be as rude as you like, as possessive as you like and as critical as you like. Arguments are an expression of love. After all, you’d do anything for each other, wouldn’t you?
But Billy, who is deaf, is the only one who actually listens.
Meeting Sylvia makes him finally want to be heard, but can he get a word in edgeways? She introduces him to sign-language, love and the deaf community. Some of his family aren’t keen on his new, increasingly distant, identity.
Nina Raine’s award-winning play is a fascinating dissection of belonging, family and the limitations of communication.