Arts Council England opened for application’s for grant in late August, in September Deaf Explorer worked with Matty Gurney to submit his application to adapt “One Flew Over the Cuckoo Nest”. His interest, is in the novel’s critique of the mental ward as an instrument of oppression comparable to the prison; It’s an idea that he is instinctively drawn to. Matthew thinks the novel can be transformed into a symbol of the historic oppression of Deaf people and how invisible forms of discipline, that are prevalent in the lived experience of deaf people, oppress individuals, encouraging them to censor aspects of themselves and their actions and messes with their heads. The North Wall in Oxford are supporting the project and if the grant successful Matty Gurney will be a new and dynamic creative leader, devising in the rehearsal studio pioneering ways for deaf actors to excel on stage.
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