The Man Who Saw Backwards


A white man with tied back ginger hair sits on a chair leaning towards a black woman who is reaching out her arm and touching his face. Behind them is a white man with short dark hair who is making noises with a keyboard, and metal cups. To the left of the image stand two white women, the one with dark hair is whispering in the ear of the one with light blonde hair.

The Man Who Saw Backwards

In 2018 Extant supported visually impaired actor Esther Elliott with her first-time writing project, by providing a week of research and development time in a venue with a professional, visually impaired cast, and directing consultation by Maria Oshodi.

Esther’s take on Shakespeare’s King Lear relocated much of the action to Moorfields Eye Hospital.

Two white male performers in a rehearsal room reading from their script with audience members watching from the foreground.

The team worked with BBC Foley artist, Alison Craig, to use sounds created by objects in the space to emphasise the events of the scene and create animated soundscapes as creative and integrated accessibility.

A white man stands hunched reading from his phone. To the side, two women stand close together. The audience watches from the foreground.

The R&D also explored integrated audio description and accessing text through line feeding which became a theatrical device, incorporating the presence of the writer.

For more information and to listen to clips from the Q&A click here to listen to episode 7 of our podcast

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