TALKING BODIES takes the form of a collection of seven short films. Inspired by Alan Bennett’s classic Talking Heads series, we want to bring the series up to date, making it relevant to today's rich and diverse society by shining a spotlight on those that are often side-lined.
We will tell the surprising, shocking, sad and funny stories of the Deaf, Disabled & Neurodiverse through a series of seven Talking Heads style monologues.
Teaser Trailer from rehearsed reading:
TALKING BODIES: The Pieces:
VULNERABLE: BY JOANNA COFFEY
It’s 2020 Lockdown and Alice is waiting for a letter to tell her that she’s vulnerable, but she doesn’t feel vulnerable, not really. Or perhaps that’s just the free bar in her kitchen talking? A laugh out loud piece about one woman’s relationship with alcohol during a pandemic.
INDEFINITELY: BY KARL KNIGHTS
What happens when the Disability Allowance you were awarded indefinitely is stopped? A period of form filling and assessment interviews that seems to go on…well…indefinitely. A scathing and painful look at the benefit system for the disabled in the UK and it’s horrific consequences.
IT’S HIGHLY UNLIKELY: BY ANDREW DUFFY
Wheel chairs can’t dance right? When Andy’s school teacher tells him he’ll never make it as an actor, it sets him off on a path of determination. A bittersweet story served with a soupcon of revenge.
PROMISE: BY GARRY ROBSON
One man’s desire to reach the promise land brings his whole community together, but will he get the closure he needs. This deeply moving and heartfelt piece will both warm you up and make you shed a tear.
GROWING NOWHERE: BY ADAM FENTON
Tim and his plant-son, Clarence, have bonded, but something’s not right, Clarence isn’t growing. How can Tim be expected to grow if Clarence wont? This hilarious and touching piece explores Tim’s desire to move forward with his life as he struggles to find his place in the world.
BUTTERFLY: BY SOPHIE STONE
When love blossoms for Josette at the Community Centre, feelings of shame are replaced with self-discovery and acceptance. But what will her daughter say?
WE CARE: BY STEPH LACEY
Annie is surprised to find that her new carer happens to be a man, a manly man, a very manly man. This beautiful and funny piece takes a dark turn with devastating consequences when Annie is let down by the system that is meant to take care of her.
Each monologue will be written, performed and directed by talented artists from the Disability Arts sector across theatre, film and TV.
Each film will feature integrated Audio Description, blended seamlessly into the scripts and Creative Subtitling incorporated into each design.