Three coming-of-age stories, united in a struggle against violence, ignorance and oppression.

Helen, Alan, and Graham are told they are impaired and need fixing. As they begin to question the world around them, three powerful coming-of-age stories unfold, uniting in a struggle against violence, ignorance and oppression.

Connected through a shared past, they are transported to one pivotal moment in 1880 when a dangerous ideology was born: one that would impair the way the world views Deaf people for over a century.

Ad Infinitum combine the company’s signature style of physical storytelling with the beauty of British Sign Language in an unmissable feast for the senses.

Extraordinary Wall o̶f̶ ̶S̶i̶l̶e̶n̶c̶e̶ is a bilingual performance in BSL and English.


“Ad Infinitum is different. It is a theatre company that refuses to be put in a box”
Lyn Gardner, The Stage

“One of contemporary theatre’s vital organs” Time Out


Film by Jack Offord, original music by Sam Halmarack, design by Anna Orton & lighting by Jo Palmer


Co-Artistic Director / Director of EWO̶S̶: George Mann
Project Producer: Hattie Gregory
Senior Producer: Emily Williams (on maternity leave)
Co-Artistic Director: Nir Paldi

Sound Designer: Sam Halmarack
Set & Costume Designer: Anna Orton
Lighting Designer: Jo Palmer

Devising Company: David Ellington, Matthew Gurney, Deborah Pugh, Moira Anne McAuslan, Mia Ward, Charlotte Dubery

BSL Interpreters: Kyra Pollitt, Rachael Veazey, Chris Curran, Paul Mancini

Production Manager: Mark Munday
Technical Stage Manager: Al Orange

Presented by Ad Infinitum & Watershed


“In order to appreciate why the concept of Deaf Culture is of such crucial importance … it’s necessary to understand the historical processes that have contributed to its present status.” Dr Paddy Ladd.


Join award-winning author and activist Dr Paddy Ladd as he shares his investigation of Deaf Culture, history and sign language, examining why it is still under threat, and crucially, how it can benefit humanity at large. Told through the community's own perspective, Dr Paddy Ladd discusses the concept of Deaf Culture and the contribution it’s made both to academic disciplines, and human lives in general.

About Dr Paddy Ladd

Dr Paddy Ladd, author of Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood, was lecturer and MSc co-ordinator at the Centre for Deaf Studies at the University of Bristol. He completed his PhD in Deaf Culture at Bristol University in 1998 and has written, edited and contributed to numerous publications in the field. Both his writings and his Deaf activism have received international recognition, and in 1998 he was awarded the Deaf Lifetime Achievement Award by the Federation of Deaf People, for activities which have extended the possibilities for Deaf communities both in the UK and worldwide.

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Photos by Al Orange and Matt Cawrey


Co-Commissioned by Birmingham Hippodrome, Bristol Old Vic, HOME, Newbury Corn Exchange, In Good Company and in association with Salisbury Playhouse, supported by The North Wall.

Made possible through funding from Arts Council England and Bristol City Council.