NEWS: Hot Coals Theatre Announce My Darling Christopher

The company have announced a new piece that was written, cast, shot and edited during lockdown.  

Created as part of a theatre project in association with RADA, the short film My Darling Christopher will be shared as part of HOME Manchester’s Homemakers Festival.

The short film has been created by Hot Coals Theatre who create visual theatre accessible to both hearing and d/Deaf audiences in a shared

My Darling Christopher is based on the true story of Clive, a young boy who lost his sight and hearing due to Meningitis complications. His father Christopher is serving in the Navy when he receives a heartfelt letter from his wife, Dorothy. At the outbreak of World War Two, Clive is 15
years old and attending Goring School, after evacuation from Margate School for the Deaf.

The piece brings together English, British Sign Language and Visual Vernacular to tell the story of a war plane crashing to the ground just metres from Clive’s classroom.

The Homemakers Festival is a series of new commissions inviting artists to create new works at home, for an audience who are also at home. These fully funded commissions offer groundbreaking artists a chance to challenge the definition of “live performance”.

Talking about the news, Jo Sargeant and Clare-Louise English, Hot Coals Theatre comment, “This commission has offered us an exciting opportunity to work in a new medium and experiment with language, combining
English, BSL and the visual storytelling language, Visual Vernacular, in a way we’ve not seen or done before. It gives us the unique chance to put the spotlight on a Deaf person’s wartime experience and tell their story.”

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 exploring Clive’s story has been put on hold due to lockdown measures. Hot Coals Theatre will also be releasing a documentary
alongside My Darling Christopher exploring its creation process.

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