And We Are Launched!
“Seen & Heard” can now be ….well, seen and heard in a big way! Our eight part documentary series has an online home on CBC at www.cbc.ca/seenandheard
The series follows the members of Seeing Voices Montreal, a unique mixed Deaf and hearing theatre group mounting a Deaf-themed adaptation of “The Little Mermaid”.
And it turns out, nothing is easy! Many of the cast and crew have little or no theatre experience, and most of the actors use Langue de signes québécoise (LSQ) and don’t know American Sign Language (ASL) or English. There are the day-to-day challenges the Deaf cast and crew face navigating the hearing world. But the biggest struggle happens in the wings of the theatre, where the norms and values of Deaf culture can clash with those of the hearing world. Will the players be able to unite for show time?
A Sneak Peak
More About The Series
Seen & Heard is a CBC Arts web series following the ups, downs, and showstoppers of Canada’s unique mixed Deaf and hearing theatre troupe. As they put on a new Deaf-themed adaptation of “The Little Mermaid”, the hearing cast and crew gets a window into the Deaf world. Meanwhile, the film follows the Deaf and hard of hearing cast and crew as they navigate in a world that largely doesn’t realize that they exist.
As the play comes together, a complex and intimate documentary will unfold that demonstrates the culture clashes, creativity, ingenuity and spirit of a group uniting in their passion to share their art with all audiences.