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Louder is Not Always Clearer

Louder is Not Always Clearer

A Mr and Mrs Clark Production

Devised and Performed by Jonny Cotsen

Devised and Directed by Gareth Clark

Sound Design Chris Young

Choreography Catherine Bennett

Lighting by Marega Palser


Jonny is a teacher, a workshop leader and an avid football fan. He’s just become a father. His friends say that he’s outgoing and that he loves music, festivals and nightclubs. Jonny is deaf. He was born deaf to hearing parents who were afraid that disability would stigmatise their son and the family.

Louder Is Not Always Clearer’ is an honest portrayal of the vulnerability of a deaf man, created and performed by a deaf man. For a hearing audience it is an illuminating and emotional experience. For deaf audience members the show is a familiar tale of misunderstanding and isolation. For all audiences it is a humorous and at times moving story of one man’s attempt to cope, to fit in and be accepted.


‘Louder Is Not Always Clearer’ is a multimedia, sensory experience that allows both deaf and hearing audiences to explore the importance and struggle of connection with others. Through experimental sound design, visual effects, and physical theatre Jonny draws the audience just a little way into his world to share his story on many different levels.


The show is fully accessible to D/deaf, hard of hearing and hearing audiences through the use of spoken English, British Sign Language and creative captions.


Suitable for 14 year old and above and with a strong theatre/dance cross-over. Please note that there are some references to sex and some strong language used in context which is mostly on a screen and is not gratuitous.


Mr and Mrs Clark make new and thought provoking performances that engage and entertain audiences. The Clarks were short-listed for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award in 2015 and presented (F.E.A.R.) as part of Wales In Edinburgh in 2017. Louder Is Not Always Clearer was short-listed for a Total Theatre Award in 2019 and is brought to the Beehive through Villages in Action, the rural touring scheme which brings exceptional quality performances to Devon.


Support by Arts Council Wales, Chapter Arts Centre, National Theatre Wales

First commissioned by and performed at Experimentica17.


"A brilliant exercise in empathy as it allows a hearing audience to briefly experience the world as Cotsen sees and hears it” - Lyn Gardner, Stage Door


"Jonny Cotsen offers a personal glimpse into life as a deaf man and combines rhetorical force with a winning charm and plenty of anecdotes.” - Gareth Vile, The List




Tickets: Adults £10, Students £8, Family of Four £29 - Allocated seating.

Ticket price includes Admin Fee.

Accessible seating available by contacting the Box Office

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