The Deaf Workshop

(14 – 18 yrs)


“Hearing people are not very good listeners” (Jonny)

Jonny is deaf. His parents raised him to be “normal”, so he spent most of his childhood and young adulthood feeling different from all around him. He mastered lip-reading, went to a normal school and made amazing friends. However, when he discovered the deaf community, he also quickly realized that he is different from them as well as he was so used to live and interact in the hearing word. But how is his world? How is it to be deaf? Why does Jonny say that hearing people don’t really know how to listen?

In this drama workshop, where Jonny shares how he became an actor and what kind of difficulties he faces on a daily basis. He also wants to demystify his disability and show, that in fact he is a normal guy living next door to you. The workshop can be tailored to those with special needs as Jonny has done many times. Jonny will create a safe and encouraging environment where students (hearing, deaf or anything in between) will feel supported enough to step outside of their comfort zones.


COST €320/1 hour workshop – negotiable, discounts for more than one hour workshop
DATE 15 – 17 April 2020
RUNNING TIME 1 hour or 1,5 hours (no interval)
VENUE your school or a location you provide
AGE RANGE 14-18 years
AUDIENCE MEMBERS max 15 students / session
LANGUAGE English (Jonny Cotsen is from the UK), he will be accompanied by Gareth Clark (UK) to help if communication hiccups arise
REQUEST A SPECIFIC WORK Are you working on a particular theme with your class that ties in with this workshop? This workshop can be tailor-made to your requirements.

Meet your workshop leader

Meet Jonny.

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. Deaf was not a term that was used in the Cotsen household. 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.

Combine the workshop with Jonny’s performance in The Hague

16 – 18 April 2020, Koninklijke Schouwburg, The Hague

Louder is Not Always Clearer focuses on the importance of connection with others and the struggle to do so affectively. This one-man show is an honest portrayal of the vulnerability of a man perceived to be full of confidence and outwardly social.

In a hearing world, Jonny is different and Louder is Not Always Clearer is a bold expose that highlights those differences. For a hearing audience it is an illuminating and emotional experience. For deaf audience members it is a humorous and at times moving story of one man’s attempt to cope, to fit in, and be accepted. Read more…

Note, the show is not included in the workshop price!

About the company

Mr and Mrs Clark has been making performance, live art and dance theatre in South Wales for the past 12 years. They are inspired by the environment that they live in and make bold and challenging performance work to connect and inspire their audiences. STET discovered their show, Louder is Not Always Clearer during the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019 and invited this amazing company to the Netherlands for the first time.

Mr and Mrs Clark delivers a wide range of workshops since 2009. Their topics and themes include An Introduction to Physical Theatre, Devising Performance, Public Speaking, Facilitator Training…  read more here…

Booking and information

T: +31 6 44168483