Locked down in 2020, three deaf single parents are adapting to a new way of living. Lianne finds it difficult to get her little boy out of bed every morning, let alone home school maths when he’d prefer YouTube Kids. On the other side of the UK, a mother has a team of carers for her disabled daughter reduced to the help of one – her nine-year-old son. And with too much time on their hands, EJ is reflecting on big boobs, hairy legs and a life-changing decision.
Deafinitely Theatre, in association with Paines Plough, present Talking Hands, three bold new films directed by Paula Garfield.
I Still Blame Myself by Lianne Herbert, starring Kelsey Gordon; Keeping Hope by Melissa Mostyn, starring Nadia Nadarajah; and Lockdown Hairy written and performed by EJ Raymond, tell inspirational stories of deaf single parents in lockdown.
These compelling and heart-warming monologues are bravely inspired by personal experiences and filmed entirely in the visual storytelling of British Sign Language. Both heart-breaking and hopeful, Talking Hands is not to be missed.
Talking Hands is directed by Paula Garfield, with photography direction by Becky Bailey, editing by Ted Evans, production design by Frankie Bradshaw, music composed by Chris Bartholomew and dramaturgy by Charlotte Bennett and Phillippe Cato.
Watch the three short films for FREE at the links below. Join in the conversation on social media @DeafinitelyT.