Thursday 4th May 7.30pm
Equal Voices Arts (New Zealand) present Salonica!
Even in the war to end all wars, a friendship against all odds.
Ground breaking original theatre inspired by actual stories of Deaf soldiers who concealed their Deafness to go to war…
In 1916, a great multi-national mass of humanity descended on the ancient city of Salonica. Refugees and soldiers created a vast tented city. Hospital ships lay off in the harbour, as a wall of barbed wire was erected.
In the lull in the fighting between Christmas 1916 and Easter 1917, two soldiers strike up an unlikely friendship. A Serbian soldier fresh from mountain combat, and a Kiwi sapper, survivor of Gallipoli, who has concealed his Deafness to join up, meet. With no shared language they develop a way of communicating through their everyday joys, sorrows and letters home.
With Reportage & story-telling in Serbian and NZSL, titles in English and scenes in a specially developed form of Visual Vernacular combining natural sign with mime and physical theatre, this play plays with inclusivity for both Deaf and hearing audiences.
Directed and devised by Laura Haughey
Written by Bill Hopkinson
Duration: 70 mins (no interval)
There will also be a post-show discussion with BSL Interpretation
For more information & watch the Signed trailer for Salonica please visit Equal Voices Arts (New Zealand): Award winning international theatre and arts company passionate about inclusive and accessible work. Rehearsal Photos by Michael Smith
Tickets: £10 / £8 concessions / £5 EHU students
FREE for Arts Centre EHU student members