People of the Eye Autumn 2017 Tour Announced

People of the Eye by Erin Siobhan Hutching, created with The DH Ensemble will tour the UK in the Autumn of 2017. 

The tour will commence with three dates at Battersea Arts Centre bringing it back to the venue it was first performed as a 10 minute "scratch" piece in 2014. 

Autumn UK Tour:

17th October - 19th October Battersea Arts Centre London

Thursday 16th November The Seagull Lowestoft

Saturday 18th November Attenborough Arts Centre Leicester

Monday 20th November Stamford Arts Centre

Friday 24th November Oxford Fire Station

Tickets are now on sale for Battersea Arts Centre, and will be on sale for the other venues shortly.

The DH Ensemble is excited to welcome Hermon Berhane (Manchester Royal Exchange) to the cast of People of the Eye. Hermon will be joining writer, cast member and DH Ensemble artist Erin Siobhan Hutching (Bristol Old Vic, Northern Stage at Summerhall), and taking over a role developed by DH Ensemble artist Sophie Stone (Dr Who, Ramps On The Moon) and PAD Productions' Emily Howlett (Crucible Theatre, Inside Number 9).

People of the Eye is directed by DH Ensemble's Jennifer K. Bates with movement direction from Jennifer Fletcher (The Mostly Everything People), technical / production management from Rachel Sampley (Alice's Adventures Underground), and interpretation / production assistant on tour Rachael Merry (recent graduate, Reading University). Andrew Muir (Soho Theatre, Deafinitely Theatre) will rejoin the team as a dramaturg.

For more information on the tour, click here.

Supported by Arts Council England. 

Hermon Berhane

Hermon Berhane

Erin Siobhan Hutching

Erin Siobhan Hutching

Deaf Women In Business

For the last few months, I have been working as a freelance project manager for a company called Love Language. I had the privilege of being the project manager on this event, Deaf Women In Business. I have now produced a number of Deaf accessible events including The Sick of the Fringe 2017 and The DH Ensemble/ Battersea Arts Centre scratch performance nights. As a relatively new addition to my portfolio as a theatre producer, I think this kind of work is really important and I hope to do more of it.  

On 7th June 2017, Love Language organised a networking event hosted by Apple Bromley called “Deaf Women in Business”. The event was targeted at D/deaf women who have their own businesses or freelance careers, or who have aspirations to set them up in the future. Recognising the lack of support available for entrepreneurial D/deaf women compared to their hearing counterparts, Love Language and Apple Bromley aimed to create an opportunity for a group of such women to come together to inspire each other and pool their knowledge. We believe this is the first event of its kind to be held in the UK.

The featured speakers at the event were Linda Day from the business Signworld and the twins Hermon and Heroda Berhane from the lifestyle blog BeingHerThey discussed their experiences setting up businesses as D/deaf women including the challenges and opportunities they have encountered, and how doing business in the age of tech has given them advantages they would not have had prior to the advent of social media and modern technology.

This free event received an overwhelming response and extra tickets had to be offered to meet the demand. Many attendees noted how long they have been waiting for an opportunity of this nature. After the official event ended, there was an afterparty at Unico Gelatto where the enthusiastic discussions continued.

We at Love Language hope this is the first of many such similar events. A Facebook group has been set up for D/deaf women and their allies to continue to support each other by sharing opportunities, news articles, networking events and by providing a virtual community to combat the often isolating nature of running your own business. The group is open to all, and Love Language would like it to eventually be managed collectively by its members.

Towards a bilingual theatre aesthetic: an interview with The Deaf and Hearing Ensemble

Three of the lead artists of The DH Ensemble, Jennifer K. Bates, Erin Siobhan Hutching and Sophie Stone, were interviewed by PhD student Michael Richardson about their work. This article was published in Miranda, a multi-disciplinary peer reviewed journal 

"Additionally, their approach is underpinned by an understanding of theory, the rigorous application of tried and tested practice and a willingness to experiment with new methods when existing practice is found lacking. I would go further to suggest that their success wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the unapologetic confidence in and enthusiasm for the work demonstrated by the lead artists."  

Michael Richardson

Read the full article here

Sophie Stone and Erin Siobhan Hutching in an early R&D of People of the Eye. Image by David Monteith-Hodge

Sophie Stone and Erin Siobhan Hutching in an early R&D of People of the Eye. Image by David Monteith-Hodge

NOW '16 Festival

I'm really excited to announce that People of the Eye has been selected from over 200 applications to be part of NOW'16, The Yard Theatre's acclaimed annual festival of new work. 

We will be creating a full, polished show for this festival, which will then be taken to the Edinburgh Fringe. I'll be joined by the lovely performer Emily Howlett for The Yard, and the lovely Sophie Stone will return for Edinburgh Fringe (venue TBA - it's an exciting one!)

The Deaf & Hearing Ensemble will be performing in a double bill with Ira Brand, who is also acting as our mentor for this process. She is fantastic and her show looks brilliant. Just £12 for both shows - what could be better value than that!

Check out the lineup for the other four weeks of the festival as well - all the shows look incredible.

Tickets available from The Yard website