Torque

Synopsis
Torque, written by Rebecca Hill, is a play partly in sign-language about a relationship between a deaf man and a hearing woman. It begins with their first meeting and follows them as they discover how to communicate, through the highs and lows of their relationship, to their final breakup and the consequences this unleashes. It is about communication in relationships, equality regardless of disability, and what we are willing to sacrifice for love.

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Bush Theatre
As a winner of the Bush Theatre’s Bush Bounce 2 brief via IdeasTap.com, we had a month to write and stage short development period in 20 minute exploration of the idea. It was then performed in the Bush Theatre’s library, in a programme of comedy, art and performance installations. We experimented with the idea of a character speaking entirely in Sign Language with no translation for a hearing audience and, with feedback from our audience, were compelled to continue developing the play. Writer - Rebecca Hill Director - Bradley Leech Man - Dwane Walcott Woman - Kate Craggs

See the blog for the Bush Theatre process here

Shortlisted by Masterclass: Pitch Your Play
In 2013, Torque was in the final 6 to receive a rehearsed reading on the Theatre Royal Haymarket’s stage.

Oval House
In late 2013, Torque was a recipient of Ovalhouse’s Arts Manifesto: A future for the arts award. Introduced by Rebecca, extracts were featured in a night exploring theatre’s future, to a panel including Matt Trueman, Sabrina Mahfouz and Nancy Groves. Writer - Rebecca Hill Director - Charlotte Lewis Man - David Sands Woman - Hannah Morrish

Future
We love this play and will continue to develop and fight for it, so all we can say is - watch this space!