The Australian Theatre of the Deaf is getting rowdy this November and it’s all thanks to their latest play, The Wild Boys.
This Caroline Conlon production tells the tale of two boys from different worlds who see life through comparable eyes. The plot is structured around a young boy who was brought up in a forest in southern France in the late 1700s and who lived like an animal, and a deaf boy brought up in western Sydney today with the instincts of a wild child.
With no language or communication, this story is also woven into a modern-day life about a deaf boy with very little language and communication, said actor Alex Jones.
This play explores the themes of different senses through touch, seeing, hearing, smell and taste. Not only does it explore senses, it will be delivered through a new form of body movement derived from sign language.
The audience will find themselves facing a stage with a grass setting, bare trees, some chairs and a table with a splash of multi-media flavour to it. There will be some timeless moments where the audience will discover how history has painfully repeated itself. This unique performance will hit on many levels about how society dictates communication skills.
The Australian Theatre of the Deaf is here to deliver original and classic productions. These shows provide individuals -” particularly deaf actors -” with opportunities to express their talents on stage. Actors Darren Green, Russell Smith and Alexandria Wailes will also star in The Wild Boys.
The most struggling yet positive aspect of working in a show like this is that we as actors have to find wavelengths where emotionally, intellectually, spiritually and physically we are on the same page, he said.
Being named The Wild Boys gives away a little about what this show may be about. The community may find connections on several levels about how society tries to put us into boxes with labels.
info: The Wild Boys will play the NIDA Parade Playhouse from Thursday 13 November for a limited season. Tickets start at $15. For bookings log onto www.ticketek.com.au or for more information checkout www.atod.org.au.