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.
Jen Hector, Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey, Rhian Hinkley, Sandra Fiona Long, Jo Dunbar,
Auslan translation consultant: Gavin Rose-Mundy
Director: Merophie Carr
Producer: Erin Milne
“Personal, aside from a triumphant piece of performance and live theatre, does something special; it bridges divides, it removes, within this context, “us” and “them”. Not often does theatre, despite the best of intentions, achieve such heights.” Melbourne Critique
“Jodee Mundy’s Personal is a winning and inclusive tonic, consistently hilarious and informative”. Time Out
“Luckily 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
“Throughout Personal, Mundy shows us that her family is unique only because it traverses the line between two worlds; otherwise, it is like any other family – filled with laughter, frustration, anger, joy and love”. Theatre Press
'A searching, poignant and gently comic solo performance' Sydney Morning Herald
Brown's Mart Theatre
Tue 21 – Fri 24 Aug 6pm
Sat 25 Aug 1pm & 6pm
Sun 26 Aug 6pm
POST-SHOW TALK: Following 1pm performance on Sat 25 Aug
Presented by Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall
24th-29th April 2018
This show is in Auslan and English. The venue is wheelchair accessible.
Tickets: $35/$30/ 25
Book here: http://www.artshouse.com.au/events/personal/
UnWrapped Festival at the Sydney Opera House
9th- 13th May 2018
Tickets: $45 plus $8.50 booking fee
Book here: www.sydneyoperahouse.com/events/whats-on/unwrapped/2018/personal.html
Personal on Tour
Presented by Regional Arts Victoria
Click on the arrow for direct link to venue websites
31st May 2018 Hamilton Performing Arts Centre 113 Brown St, Hamilton, 3300 →
5th Jun 2018 The Cube 118 Hovell Street, Wodonga, 3689→
7th June( artist talk) and shows on 8th/9th June 2018 Lennox Theatre, Riverside Theatre Parramatta Corner Church and Market Streets, Parramatta, NSW, 2124 →
12th Jun 2018 Lighthouse Theatre 185 Timor Street, Warrnambool, 3280→
14th Jun 2018 Horsham Town Hall Wilson St, Horsham, 3400→
26th Jun 2018 Latrobe Performing Arts CentreCnr Breed and Grey Streets, Traralgon, 3844
For touring information:
Supported by – the Federal Government and Victorian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, Catalyst, Creative Victoria and the Besen Family Foundation.
Its development was supported by the Australian Government through Australia Council, it's arts funding and advisory body; the City of Yarra; HotHouse Theatre ; Polyglot Theatre; Auspicious Arts Projects; VicDeaf; and KODA
Acknowledgements – Personal was developed in collaboration with Jodee's family members