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Imagined Touch

Image by Pippa Dodds

Enter a world where sight and sound give way to tactile communication in this ‘cutting-edge piece of theatre that transports its audience beyond the theatre seat’ (Australian Stage).

Created by Heather Lawson and Michelle Stevens, this immersive event shares the humour, grief, beauty and profound isolation of their lives as deafblind artists. After an introductory film, you’ll be provided with individual headphones and goggles, then guided into an unseen promenade installation. With light and sound distorted and restricted, it is touch that becomes integral to connection.

Recipient of Melbourne’s Green Room Award for Innovation in Experiential Performance, director Jodee Mundy is fluent in Australian sign language because everyone in her family is deaf except for her. Collaborating with Lawson and Stevens – experts in tactile sign interpreting and social haptic communication – she has shaped Imagined Touch into a piece that alters our perceptions and reframes disability as an opportunity for untapped human potential.

Supported by the Australian Government through the Ministry of the Arts – Catalyst, Creative Victoria, Besen Foundation, Able Australia, Arts Access Victoria + Auspicious Arts, SPILL Festival of Performance and Pacitti company.


Performers and Collaborators Heather Lawson, Michelle Stevens
Installation Concept, Director and Audio Description Jodee Mundy
Set Design, Lighting and Visual Design Jen Hector
Composition and Sound Design Madeleine Flynn, Tim Humphrey
Director of Photography Tom Chapman
Technical Manager Taran Ablitt
Producer Erin Milne Bureau of Works

“A humbling, yet heartening experience” Richard Maguire, Reviews Hub

Premiere at Sydney Festival, CarriageWorks 10th-15th of January 2017 

Northern Hemisphere premiere at SPILL Festival of Performance 2018, Jerwood DanceHouse Wed 31 – Nov 3 and The Barbican Centre Wed 7 – Sun 11 Nov