Twelve D/deaf, neurodivergent and disabled professional artists across the UK have been commissioned to produce new film and audio works for BBC platforms this summer. Commissions were selected by a panel including representatives from BBC Arts, Arts Council England, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Arts Council of Wales, Creative Scotland, Unlimited and the UK Disability Arts Alliance.
Lois Drage will be appearing in Louder alongside Jonny Cotsen.
The short will be aired on BBC iPlayer and is being produced by On Par Productions.
Jonny is a D/deaf artist and performer. Louder is an adaptation of Louder Is Not Always Clearer (a performance about his life) which successfully ran at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2019. It's a moving and funny story of disconnection, difference and desperation to belong; focusing on a man seemingly confident, outgoing and popular who is inwardly vulnerable and at times isolated.
Lois played Abbey in a flashback scene where Jonny is reminiscing about his past girlfriend. This was a great opportunity for Lois to practice her own signing and learn from someone who uses it daily and to learn and see things from Jonny's perspective.
Read more about the commissions here.
This will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer from 2nd September.