People of the Eye
Erin wrote, produced and performs in People of the Eye, a play based on her family's experiences with the Deaf world.
"★★★★★" An extraordinary and visceral piece such as this from The Deaf and Hearing Ensemble is the kind that leaves a mark." Edinburgh Reporter
An arresting, immersive and startlingly original piece of theatre. A beautiful, tightly choreographed spectacle...something very special indeed." A Younger Theatre
"The love between the two characters is palpable and you leave the piece warmed by it while questioning why society is so fussed about difference." Huffington Post
“Of course, you shouldn’t use ‘sign language’.”
Inspired by real events, this personal story follows a family finding their way through unfamiliar territory to discover their own voice. A story about parents, about sisters, and about the complex love that binds families together.
Using a mix of video projections, sound, live performance, and creative accessibility, this unique performance is about memories, feelings of isolation, and finding the joy in difference.
This is a provocative piece that examines the realities of the people affected by deafness, and celebrates the beauty of sign language and Deaf culture while not shying away from the complex idea of culture verses disability.
Written by Erin Siobhan Hutching
Performed by Erin Siobhan Hutching & Hermon Berhane
Directed by Jennifer K. Bates
Created with Sophie Stone and Emily Howlett (Devisers/Performers)
Samuel Dore (Videographer), Emma Houston (Soundscape), Myriddin Wannell (Set design), Rachel Sampley (Technical Management), Oliver Savidge (Lighting design), David Monteith-Hodge (Photography & Film documentation), Nadia Naharajah (BSL/Movement), Andrew Muir (Dramaturg), Choreographer (Jennifer Fletcher)
People of the Eye had its first performance as part of the Homegrown Producer’s Hourglass Scratch Night at the Battersea Arts Centre in December 2014. It was developed at LimeWharf Annex in April 2015, supported by the Arts Council England. Work in progress versions of the piece were then performed at Pulse Festival Ipswich and The Roundhouse in May 2015, Shuffle Festival in July 2015 and Forest Fringe in August 2015.
In 2016, the full production was performed as part of NOW'16 Festival at The Yard Theatre London, in double bill with Ira Brand's Break Yourself. The production was then performed at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival as part of Northern Stage's curated program at Summerhall, with the London preview beforehand at Southwark Playhouse. In 2017, the show played at Battersea Arts Centre before touring to The Seagull Lowestoft, Attenborough Arts Leicester, Stamford Arts and Arts at the Old Fire Station in Oxford. In 2018, the show visited Nottingham Playhouse, Harlow Playhouse and Arlington Arts in Newbury.
Supported by Arts Council England