Award winning New Zealand theatre company, Equal Voices Arts, brings their new multilingual production, Salonica home after a history-making tour of Europe. Salonica plays in Wellington (15th-17th February, Circa Two), Auckland (22nd – 24th February, Q Theatre) as part of Auckland Fringe Festival, and Hamilton (1st/2nd March, Playhouse Theatre). This is totally unique and original theatre that criss-crosses languages and cultures to share a vital story of friendship against the backdrop of WWI.
The story centres around the friendship between a Serbian soldier and a Kiwi sapper, who has concealed his Deafness to join up. Writer’s Guild award winning dramaturg, Bill Hopkinson explains:
“the idea for the piece… was inspired by actual stories of Deaf soldiers who concealed their Deafness to go to war. There were British, Irish and Australian examples and who knows? There may have been a Kiwi. So much Deaf history is now revealing itself to us as we become aware of its importance”