Sophie Woolley has developed a one-person show about becoming a cochlear implanted ‘cyborg’ in collaboration with dramaturge Sarah Dickenson, director Rachel Bagshaw and accent coach Elspeth Morrison. She has also worked with a sound artist and choreographer.
Augmented uses theatrical monologue and dance to explore cochlear implantation – both the effects it has had on the artist’s emotions, life, relationships and identity, as well as the wider, future implications of implant technology. Sophie aims to create a powerful, nuanced personal story of her experience of deafness and hearing.
Augmented seeks to challenge the stigma of implantation by owning and subverting the language and narratives used to describe it.
“If I went back in time to speak to the incredulous person I was before I decided to implant, Augmented is the story I would tell. What happens to a person’s identity when twenty years of progressive deafness is suddenly reversed? In the future, will hearing people try to be like me, rather than me trying to be like them?” Sophie Woolley