We have been busy researching and developing ideas for a new show all about communication.

We invited writer Louise Stern to join us. Louise is the fourth generation to be born deaf in her family and has written an acclaimed selection of short stories and a novel inspired by her experiences. She also speaks about the subject of communication alongside her interpreter Oliver Pouliot. Oliver also joined the process and had a lot to offer. He is hearing but grew up in a deaf family with sign as his first language. They also brought Brett Best who is another interpreter that they both work with regularly.

This is the very early stage of our process. It’s a bit like starting a fire. We take the little glimmer of an idea, add some tinder and gently blow on it and if we are lucky it bursts into flames. This time it certainly did!

We teased apart the concept of communication asking questions like, ‘What is the difference between communication and expression?’, ‘Is communication a human right?’ and ‘What are the building blocks of communication?’

We shared lots of stories about our experiences growing up in different countries and within different cultures. We laughed a lot, sometimes we were shocked and sometimes touched.

The process was rich and left us with a great deal to explore. We are very excited about where this little idea is going to go.