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Chris Dodd: Deafy

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Market Hall Performance Centre (140 Charlotte Street, Peterborough)

April 19th & 20th, 2022

7:30 PM

Run Time: 60 minutes + 15 minute post-show Q&A

STREAM TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE. The stream will be available to watch and purchase until April 27th.

COVID safety precaution: Masking is mandatory for this event. Physical distancing is not in place, and proof of vaccination is not required.

COVID protocols subject to change.


Tickets will be sold on a sliding scale beginning as low as $5. Being aware that this is a time of particular financial difficulty for many, and with a goal of eliminating cost as a barrier to attending the performing arts, Public Energy is instituting a pick-your-own-price policy for this event.

Tickets are on sale now!

Deaf Theatre Workshop with Chris Dodd

Mon, April 18, 7pm-9pm

At the Market Hall Performing Arts Centre

Join Deaf actor Chris Dodd for a hands-on workshop for beginners focusing on movement, face and body work and understanding how Deaf culture is incorporated into performance. Dodd is the creator/performer of Deafy playing at the Market Hall April 19, 20.

FREE. To register email Sarah at

 Chris Dodd presents Deafy

Deaf public speaker Nathan Jesper has arrived at his venue desperately late. As he launches into his speech, he soon realizes that things are not what they seem. Written and performed by Deaf actor Chris Dodd, Deafy is a stand-up/sit-down tragicomedy blending ASL, the spoken word and surtitles which reflects on the experience of what it is like to be a Deaf person in a hearing world and leads you on an unexpected journey of what it really means to belong.

Deafy premiered at the 2019 SummerWorks Performance Festival in Toronto to critical acclaim and confirmed Dodd’s place as an important and influential artist in Canadian theatre. Following the shows with Public Energy Deafy will have its first run in Toronto at Harbourfront’s CoMotion Festival.

“(Nathan) is droll, wry, a master of the eye roll/shrug combo, a guy who’s in touch with the absurdities of his world.” – Liz Nicholls, 12th Night

“A play that reaches out to be more than just the sum of its parts.” –
Beer Tent Reviews

“…visceral, compelling and instructive.” –
Edmonton Journal

About Chris Dodd: 

Chris Dodd is an award-winning Deaf actor, playwright, accessibility advocate and Governor General Innovation Award finalist. He is the founder and artistic director of SOUND OFF, Canada’s national festival devoted to Deaf performance. Chris holds a degree from the University of Alberta’s Drama program and has been working within Edmonton’s theatre community and across Canada for over 20 years. His play, Deafy, will be published by Playwrights’ Canada Press in 2022 as part of the anthology, “Interdependent Magic: Disability Performance in Canada”. Notable performances include the role of Alphonse in “Ultrasound” at Theatre Passe Muraille. Recent film credits include the principal role of Odin in the upcoming feature film, “Finality of Dusk”. In 2019 he was the recipient of the Guy Laliberté Prize for innovation and creative leadership by the Canada Council for the Arts.

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