An uplifting and revealing multi-language story of life as the child of Deaf parents.
★★★★★ "Personal doesn’t discriminate. Inviting deaf and hearing audiences alike. This is a notable and important example of where access is not part of the performance, access is the performance." Arts Hub
It wasn’t until Jodee Mundy was five years old and lost at Kmart that she realised the rest of her family was Deaf. She didn’t see ‘disability’ – only the love and protection of those closest to her.
In Personal, she conveys her experience as the only hearing person in a Deaf family, through a captivating blend of performance, storytelling, multimedia and animation. Mundy delves into the contradictions of inhabiting two worlds: living in a Deaf family, where using sign language is natural; and living in a society that sees only the family’s disability with voyeuristic curiosity.
The role children of Deaf adults play in paving the way for their family – as interpreter, authority, conduit – is central to this very intimate story. Created with a talented team of collaborators and presented in two languages via a virtual interpreter, Personal is a smart, touching and deeply personal work exploring dis/ability and how we perceive one another.
Presented by Jodee Mundy Collaborations and Critical Stages Touring.
This event is part of Chatswood Culture Bites 2023, Willoughby City Council’s innovative program of music, theatre, comedy and more in Chatswood CBD.
Personal is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, it’s arts funding and advisory body, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, and the NSW Government through Create NSW.
Writer & Performer - Jodee Mundy
Director - Merophie Carr
Set & Lighting Design - Jen Hector
Sound Design - Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey
Video Design - Rhian Hinkley
Script Dramaturg - Sandra Fiona Long
Movement Consultant - Jo Dunbar
Auslan Translation Consultant - Gavin Rose-Mundy
Production Manager/Operator - Alice Pollard