Louder Is Not Always Clearer Mr & Mrs Clark Jonny is a teacher, a freelance facilitator, a workshop leader and an avid football fan. He’s just become a father, he is a campaigner and an artist. His friends say that he’s outgoing and popular 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. Jonny underwent ardent speech therapy and learnt to lip read. He did not identify himself as ‘deaf’ until much later in life. From an early age he felt disconnected from his disability but also disconnected from the world around him. Louder Is Not Always Clearer is a fully accessible one-man show that uses dance based movement as one of many ways to tell this moving and funny story. The show uses projection as a backdrop and as a means to show surtitles and sign language sections. The show has a sound designer and a technician. Directed by Gareth Clark with Choreography by Catherine Bennett (Random Dance, Volcano) "Jonny Cotsen’s moving study of language, communication and isolation " **** The Stage ABOUT THE PERFORMER Mr and Mrs Clark was formed by Gareth Clark and Marega Palser. Marega trained at The Place and went on to study fine art. Gareth’s training is in social engagement and education. As performers they developed a reputation for making engaging shows that packed a message. The Clarks use dance and music, strong visual images and enjoy interactive moments with their audience to create meaningful connections. Since moving to Newport their work has adapted to their surroundings creating shows that reflected the changes in the city. Their show Smash It Up was shortlisted for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award highlighting the loss of public art and space in new developments. They have been regulars at the Edinburgh Fringe since 2012 and their work has showcased in the US, Morocco, Czech Republic, Canada, Germany, Slovenia and Luxenbourg. They have toured new productions annually to theatres for the last 5 years and have used the Night Out scheme to reach new audiences via rural touring. The Clarks are regulars with Hijinx Theatre and have worked with Frantic Assembly, Punch Drunk, Told By An Idiot and most recently with Lea Anderson of The Cholmondeleys.