Written by:

Jo Sargeant & Clare-Louise English

Directed by:

Clare-Louise English

Christopher: Robin Paley Yorke

Clive: William Grint

Pilot: Brian Duffy

Dorothy: Jo Sargeant

Deaf Dramaturge: Stephen Collins

Director of Photography:

David Monteith-Hodge

Additional Filming: Teresa Garratty

Editor: Timothy Kelly

Assistant Editor: Tyler Forward

Music: Chris Drohan

Costume: Jo Sargeant

Runner: Teresa Thornber-Mann

On set Interpreter: Erin Hutching

A RADA Festival Commission

in Association with Home Manchester

Special Thanks to Arts Council England, Theatre Deli and Clive Davis

Based on the true story of Clive, who, as a young boy at the outbreak of The 2nd World War, contracted Meningitis and lost both his sight and his hearing.

Clive is now 15 years old and attending Goring School, having been evacuated from Margate School for the Deaf. Clive’s father, away serving in the Navy receives a heartfelt letter from his wife, Dorothy. As Christopher reads the letter English, BSL and Visual Vernacular interweave to tell the shocking story of a war plane crashing to the ground meters away from Clive’s classroom.

My Darling Christopher is an exploration as part of a larger project to create a full theatre production entitled A New Way of Life. This wider production, which has been put on hold due to recent lockdown measures, follows Clive’s story as he navigates life through the war and through his sight and hearing loss, attending Deaf Schools, learning Sign Language and learning a new way to communicate with his beloved mother, Dorothy. The piece will use a unique theatrical language that is highly visual and inclusive, combining spoken English, British Sign Language and Visual Vernacular.                          


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““Uniquely immersive in its inclusivity of the deaf and visually impaired communities, this emotionally gripping tale is bound to break hearts”

The Upcoming


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“Visually fantastic” 



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18 Official selections,

7 Awards

10 Nominations

2 Finalists