If you want to have some food for thought, probably the best location would be the theatre in Royal Court, as a beautiful play is being staged there.
The play has been written by Nina Raine and is an original from Raine’s stable. It has highlighted the stigma and the attitude of the world towards deaf people. And as the name of the play has indicated, the play is all about being in a place where you belong, a place you can call your tribe.
In the play the character Billy is played by Jacob Casselden, who is deaf since birth and lives in a small family, which is headed by his father, who is played by Stanley Townsend. The other two characters in the family are Ruth, Billy’s sister and Daniel, Billy’s brother.
While Daniels is preparing a thesis on the subject of the limits of language, Ruth hopes to become an opera singer. Billy is the only one in this family, who is away from the commotion of his household as he cannot hear anything.
In the play, the turning point is when Billy meets a girl, who is losing her hearing abilities, Sylvia, she is a worker for a charity that is helping the deaf. On meeting Sylvia, Billy’s attitude towards his family, sees a drastic change. Billy is infused with belongingness to Sylvia and meets new people, who can understand him.
He learns how to communicate with people, by learning the sign language and eventually challenges his family for their attitude towards him. The play is a beautiful portrayal of how a family forgets, what being a family is.
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