Boy Braille

Where: Fortune Theatre Studio, 231 Stuart Street, Dunedin, Otago

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $10.00
  • Free Admission for the blind: $0.00
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to read with your fingers? Boy Braille is a one woman show that tells the story of the little French garçon (boy) who, after an accident in his father’s workshop, goes on to invent the reading and writing system used by aveugle (blind people) all around the world. Read using the medium he created, that blind woman Julie Woods takes you on a journey of his life from small town France to the Pantheon in Paris.

Like Louis and Julie, the audience will be plunged into darkness with part of the play being performed dans la noir (in the dark). But don’t worry! Julie will be reading this story with the code Louis invented which she can do without the lights on! For Julie this will be the reading aloud assignment of her life as she only learned braille as a 35 year old adult, and she’s never been this bold with her braille reading before. Find out where her reading fingers have taken her and discover her braille dream! Listen to the letters written by Louis to his mother in the countryside and witness the affection Louis held for his family whose love and support enabled him to triumph with his code.

This world premiere performance is being produced by Double Trouble Productions, that’s two Dunedin sisters Julie Woods and Amanda Phillips, who have co-written this tale of Louis Braille after being so inspired by his story. Come along and enter the world of the blind and leave with your name in braille.

We guarantee, like Julie and Amanda, you’ll be blown away by the contribution this little French boy made to the world.

This production is made possible with the support of • Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust • Dunedin City Council

• University of Otago: Division of Humanities, Performing Arts Fund • Creative New Zealand • Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind • Otago Access Radio • Disability Information Service: Dunedin

Fringe Tags; Storytelling, Community, Theatre

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