Lunchtime Talk
Fri 10 Jan 13:00

Deafness is not the limitation

Studio Resident Jonny Cotsen's latest project commissioned by Unlimited is the HHA (Hearing Hearing Aid) exploring how creative technology and theatre can be used to immerse a hearing audience into a Deaf world.

Image by Chloe Meineck

Image by Chloe Meineck


Jonny Cotsen

A theatre maker that wears many hats. Also a fond lover of eating Jaffa Cakes.

HHA challenges its audience to consider the way they communicate with the deaf community and questions whether society can ever truly be equal and accepting?

At its heart HHA explores the juxtaposition between the social and medial models of disability. The social model argues that disability is caused by the way society is organised, rather than by a person's impairment or difference looking at ways to remove barriers that restrict life choices for disabled people whereas the medical model argues that people are disabled by their impairments or differences and these impairments or differences must be 'fixed' or changed by medical and other treatments. 

Jonny is currently in the first phase of R&D for the project and will discuss his research so far, as well as his future plans and hopes for HHA.

HHA is in partnership with Unlimited , The Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre in Newport and Pervasive Media Studio.

This talk will be BSL Interpreted.

This Lunchtime Talk is part of Open Studio Friday, which takes place at the Studio every week.

Do you want to find out what is going on at the Pervasive Media Studio? Are you interested in meeting our residents, talking about a specific project or curious about pervasive media? Why not pack a sandwich and join us for one of our Lunchtime Talks and Open Studio Friday. Lunchtime Talks are informal presentations by Studio residents and associates. They normally take place at 1pm on Friday, are free and open to everybody who’s interested in what we do. After the Talk, we also invite you to stay with us for the afternoon to continue the conversation or work on your own projects. We provide chairs, tables, wireless and a great space. You bring what you need to work with (laptop/mobile). Our open afternoons close at 5pm. Let us know if you’d like a tour of the space and we'll be happy to show you around just before the talk. Send an email to: to book your place on a tour.

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