DEAFENING – RTE One
Deafening challenges the viewer to experience the world through the eyes of four Deaf people with uniquely different lives.
RTÉ News & Weather presenter and expectant mother of twins, Sarah Jane Moloney O’Regan loves being Deaf but despite this, she worries about what her twins will go through if they’re born Deaf and have to face the same barriers she had to work so hard to overcome. Deaf siblings, Jade and Matthew Visser, 12 and 14, share their concerns about fitting into a mainstream school, the challenges of making friends and how sparring deaf in Taekwon-do puts them at a distinct advantage. Seán Herlihy a teacher at a Deaf school in Dublin, has been to 81 countries and in any corner of the globe he can meet another Deaf person and communicate fluently in sign language.  In his view, its hearing people who are at a disadvantage when it comes to travel.
Through its carefully designed sensory landscape, it challenges the audience to rethink their perception and understanding of sound. Egg’s Aza Hand did the sound design and mix on this ground breaking show.
It was produced by Anne Heffernan with Mind the Gap Films and Directed by Garry Keane.