Tribes Drama


Solar Bear presents

Tribes is a poignant yet biting drama about love, family and finding one’s voice. 

Billy is a young man born deaf and raised in a loud, opinionated family and yet his parents and siblings never bothered to learn sign language, meaning Billy had to adapt to a hearing world. 

When he meets Sylvia, a young woman from a deaf family who introduces him to Deaf culture, Billy suddenly feels confidence and a sense of belonging to a ‘tribe’ he’s never known before. 

Nina Raine’s second play is a fascinating dissection of belonging, family and the limitations of communication. She won the Evening Standard Award and Critics Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright for her debut play Rabbit in 2006. She is also a director. 

This production is presented by Solar Bear Theatre Company who work to make theatre accessible for everyone. Artistic Director, Gerry Ramage will direct this production.

"Family ties are constricting in this brilliant drama from Solar Bear" ★★★★ The List

"Solar Bear, a theatre company making work with deaf and hearing performers for a similarly integrated audience, seizes on Tribes with an unstinting honesty and gleeful humour that is almost unnerving. " ★★★★ The Herald

By Nina Raine
Directed by Gerry Ramage

This performance will be captioned

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