People of the Eye

★★★★★"An extraordinary and visceral piece such as this from The Deaf and Hearing Ensemble is the kind that leaves a mark." Edinburgh Reporter (Full Review)


"An arresting, immersive and startlingly original piece of theatre. A beautiful, tightly choreographed spectacle...something very special indeed." A Younger Theatre (Full Review)


"The love between the two characters is palpable and you leave the piece warmed by it while questioning why society is so fussed about difference." Huffington Post (Full Review)



23 March 2018 Harlow Playhouse Book Now

26 March 2018 Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury Book Now

7 April 2018 Nottingham Playhouse



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

Inspired by real events, this personal story follows a family finding their way through unfamiliar territory to discover their own voice. A story about parents, about sisters, and about the complex love that binds families together.

Using a mix of video projections, sound, live performance, and creative accessibility, this unique performance is about memories, feelings of isolation, and finding the joy in difference.

This is a provocative piece that examines the realities of the people affected by deafness, and celebrates the beauty of sign language and Deaf culture while not shying away from the complex idea of culture verses disability.


Written by Erin Siobhan Hutching
Performed by Erin Siobhan Hutching & Hermon Berhane
Directed by Jennifer K. Bates


Created with Sophie Stone and Emily Howlett (Devisers/Performers)

Creative Team:

Jennifer Fletcher (Movement Direction), Samuel Dore (Videographer), Emma Houston (Soundscape), Myriddin Wannell (Set design), Rachel Sampley (Technical Management), Oliver Savidge (Lighting design), David Monteith-Hodge (Photography & Film documentation), Nadia Nadarajah (BSL/Movement), Andrew Muir (Dramaturg)


The DH Ensemble interviewed on BBC's See Hear talking about People of the Eye 

People of the Eye is a play by Erin Siobhan Hutching with The DH Ensemble (Deaf & Hearing Ensemble) performed with Hermon Berhane Accessible to D/deaf, hard of hearing and hearing audiences through the use of spoken English, British Sign Language and creative captions. ★★★★★ Extraordinary and visceral.