Sophie Stone who was a young deaf single mother when she won a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, is now getting recognition for her theatre and TV work.
Sophie Stone is getting ready to start a tour in the UK. She is the lead actress in a new play Woman of Flowers. The production by disabled playwright Kaite O’Reilly features a mixture of spoken and visual language, which is similar to Stone’s own journey in communication as a deaf person. The play is based on a Welsh myth, Woman of Flowers uses music, movement, speech and a sign-like visual language to tell the story of a farmer’s wife who has forgotten her past but wants a different future to the one chosen for her by her husband and his uncle.
It’s been 10 years since, as a 24-year-old single mother living in East London; she became the first deaf person to study at Rada. She has since performed at the National Theatre and with Deafinitely Theatre Company, and has appearances in TV’s Midsummer Murders, Casualty and Marchlands. How great!
She says she developed the ability to communicate later than most and didn’t start to express herself properly until joining a local drama club. ”I was a very frustrated, repressed and angry child, who couldn’t articulate thoughts and feelings,” she says.
She says that facial expressions, breath, touch and relationships with others on stage helped her release those tensions. From that point, she began to talk and use words. “I loved the feeling of words in my mouth, learning how to say them and how to affect people with them.” On stage she now revels in the ability to connect and tell stories to others.
Here at More Than Mobility we think that all of Sophie’s achievements are fantastic and are testimony that you should not let your disability stop you from doing what you want to do!
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