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People of the Eye @ The Yard NOW'16

  • The Yard Theatre Queen’s Yard White Post Lane London E9 5EN (map)

PEOPLE OF THE EYE – 7.30PM (7th June - 11th June) 

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"Arresting, immersive and startlingly original"
" near flawless performances from Howlett and Hutching" A Younger Theatre

"Seeing is believing" Huffington Post

“Of course, you shouldn’t use ‘sign language’.”

Inspired by real events, this personal story follows a family finding their way through the Deaf world. A story about parents, about sisters, and about the complex love that binds families together. Using projections, sound, live performance, and creative accessibility, this unique, poignant performance is about memories, feelings of isolation, and finding the joy in difference.

This piece is accessible to D/deaf and hearing audiences through the use of British Sign Language, Spoken English and creative captioning.

Written by Erin Siobhan Hutching (sections devised with The Deaf & Hearing Ensemble).

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.


“The thing I like about Springsteen is that all his songs are about blue-collar, American, working class, men. You know, men who work on the railroads, and in lumberyards. Real men. I’m not really that kind of guy.”

Meet Ollie. He’s a graphic designer. But he wants to be Bruce.

Break Yourself is a piece about the performance of identity and of gender. Performed in male drag, it is about the relationship between power and desire, the complex landscape of male and female sexual desire, and the desire to be something ‘other’. And it’s about Bruce Springsteen.

It is also an experiment in constructing personas and alternative identities. A risky, dishonest, head-first, whole-hearted, and perhaps slightly desperate attempt to try and be something we have never been before.

Commissioned by Ovalhouse. Supported by The Yard Theatre and using public funding by Arts Council England.