Two Chairs was a very challenging piece for us. We gave ourselves the task of devising a play with two actors - one hearing and one deaf. The characters would communicate with other in sign and speech but we decided there'd be no voice over or sign interpretation for either of them!
We wanted the audience to be able to understand and access the story but also feel the frustration of the characters as they attempted to communicate with each other and developed their friendship. Through this medium, we explored many issues - communication, love, tolerance, sickness, family and death. This enabled us, and the audience, to journey through a variety of emotions through situations which by turns were comical, irritating, moving and sad.
First performed at Oval House Theatre, January 2003.
Directed by Paula Garfield.