Bethany Daisy Rose Robinson
Bethany grew up in Melbourne and regional Victoria. In 2003, while at the Victorian College for the Deaf in Melbourne, she was the subject of ‘Welcome 2 My Deaf World’, a documentary screened on SBS TV.
In Year 11, Bethany was offered an acting position with the Australian Theatre for the Deaf. So began three years with the theatre company (March 2007 to Oct 2009) in a role that included touring nationally in performances for primary and secondary school audiences and running workshops for children and people with disabilities.
Since then Bethany has undertaken numerous freelance acting roles and was also the subject of a Triple JJJ short interview film in 2008.
Recently, Bethany received a creative development grant for her visual poetry show, ‘White’. She currently lives in regional Victoria, where she continues to develop her show and plans to take it to the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2012.
On her character Hannah in the film, Bethany says ‘I felt like we had something in common – independence… being independent is very important to me so I feel a little bit frustrated or disadvantaged when I have to rely on other people. The NRS is really good. It helps the Deaf community in a big way… now they have choices.’
Matt has been a Sydney-based actor since 2010, after an eight month national tour with Alpha Shows performing musical theatre for children. He has performed in the world premiere of Beaudy the Musical and was an ensemble member for Ben Hur, the Stadium Spectacular.
He is currently involved in corporate theatre, role playing and presenting. Matt is self-confessed soccer tragic and is editor of the award winning website The Football Sack.
Matt, who plays the character Daniel says working with a cast of Deaf actors ‘was an eye opener’.
‘With the actors talking amongst themselves between takes it certainly made for an interesting situation – I found it compelling!’ he says. Matt also took the opportunity to learn some Auslan.
‘Bethany taught me the basic signs – “sorry” and “what” were my fallbacks – and anything I pointed to and signed “sign?”. It was a privilege to work on this film – the main message of which is that love transcends any language barrier.’
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For more information, photographs of or interviews with Bethany or Matt, please contact Ellen Stuebe on 0425 299 280 or email@example.com