Helen, Alan, and Graham are told they are impaired and need fixing. As they begin to question the world around them, three powerful coming-of-age stories unfold, uniting in a struggle against violence, ignorance and oppression.
Connecting through a shared past they are transported to one pivotal moment in 1880 when a dangerous ideology was born: one that would impair the way the world views Deaf people for over a century.
Ad Infinitum combine the company’s signature style of physical storytelling with the beauty of British Sign Language in an unmissable feast for the senses.
Extraordinary Wall is a bilingual performance in English and BSL with integrated captioning. If you’d like a copy of the script please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
★★★★ “Directed with precision and care by George Mann… Part history lesson and part lecture on deafhood but also a subtle interrogation of theatre itself… Often, this feels subtly profound.” – The Guardian
★★★★★ “Beautifully orchestrated, both in terms of its performance and its musicality… Ad Infinitum have triumphed with Extraordinary Wall o
f Silence… It’s poetic enough to be beautiful, and confronting enough to be powerful… Deserves to run and run.” – Broadway World
★★★★★ “Immersive and poetic in the best way… Profoundly moving… A must-see.” – The Reviews Hub
★★★★ “Extraordinary Wall of Silence opens up our hearts, our minds and our ears so that we can finally let the voice of deaf people be heard.” – Stage Talk (Bristol)
“Rather than presenting a confusing cacophony of voices, the interaction between [spoken language, physical language and British Sign Language] proves an engaging way of storytelling, one that offers refreshing insight into the several different worlds we see onstage… Ad Infinitum is a company known for its physical storytelling, which here proves the perfect medium.” – What’s On Stage
“The cast make a smooth ensemble… Creates believable, nuanced stories for compelling characters.” – Exeunt
“A potent and at times shocking piece of storytelling that relates the living history of oppression and misunderstanding of the deaf community at the hands of the hearing.” – Bristol 24/7
“Ad Infinitum is different. It is a theatre company that refuses to be put in a box.” – Lyn Gardner, The Stage
“One of contemporary theatre’s vital organs.” – Time Out