New play on deaf and hearing issues to be staged at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree

New play on deaf and hearing issues to be staged at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree

A contemporary family drama raising awareness of issues facing the deaf and hearing communities is to be staged at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree Studio on Monday, October 5.

Staged by Solar Bear theatre company, Tribes by Nina Raine, is a poignant yet biting drama about love, family and finding one’s voice.

Talented young deaf actor Alex Nowak plays Billy – a young man born deaf into a loud opinionated family who never bothered to learn sign language. When Billy meets a young deaf woman called Sylvia who introduces him to her group, he suddenly feels confident and that he belongs to a ‘tribe’.

Based in London, Alex has mainly worked in film and this will be his first stage production. The cast also includes Richard Addison, Ben Clifford, Janette Foggo, Kirsty McDuff, and Stephanie McGregor.

The production contains strong language, and is accessible to deaf and hearing audiences, with captioning.

Tribes is Nina Raine’s second play and premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London 2010. She won the Evening Standard Award and Critics Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright for her debut play Rabbit in 2006.

Solar Bear artistic director Gerry Ramage chose to produce and direct this play by Nina Raines as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland start a new BA Degree course in Performance in BSL & English.

It also coincides with the third stage of the important BSL (Scotland) Bill at the Scottish Parliament, highlighting the important developments and inroads being made in Scotland with the D/deaf, deafened and hard of hearing community within Scotland.

Tickets for Tribes are available online at, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.

Posted on Monday 21 September

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