MY DARLING CHRISTOPHER
Jo Sargeant & Clare-Louise English
Christopher: Robin Paley Yorke
Clive: William Grint
Pilot: Brian Duffy
Dorothy: Jo Sargeant
Deaf Dramaturge: Stephen Collins
Director of Photography:
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.
““Uniquely immersive in its inclusivity of the deaf and visually impaired communities, this emotionally gripping tale is bound to break hearts”
“By developing a language that is uniquely that of the theatre, the world in which My Darling Christopher exists comes to life.”