Dorfman Theatre, NT, London
Two women fall in love and begin their life together. However, hostility to sign language users is on the rise throughout society. Can the couple’s relationship transcend communication, social, and political barriers?
This year’s winning National Theatre New Views play, Barrier(s) is written by 17-year-old Eloise Pennycott from Southend High School for Girls in Essex. The play was chosen from 427 entries to be given a full production with a professional cast at the Dorfman Theatre. The play was staged bilingually in spoken English and BSL.
“Barrier(s) balances the messiness of human relationships with timely and incisive reflections on the historical injustices of oralism. It is a provocative exploration of the dynamics between language and control.” – David Bellwood, head of Access at the National Theatre
Written by Eloise Pennycott
Starring Lara Steward and Erin Siobhan Hutching
Associate Director – Paula Garfield
Set and Costume Design – Zoe Hurwitz
Lighting Design – Ola Przytula
Sound Design – Mike Winship
Video and Creative Captioning – Rachel Sampley
Stage Managers – Ben Donoghue, Anna Hill, Edie Fitt-Martin
Production Manager – Tabitha Piggott
Casting – Chloe Blake
Head of Access – David Bellwood
Production Photography – Helen Murray