Sumida River in Sign Language


It is spring, a time of growth; a ferryman waits for customers when a mother arrives in search of her lost son.

Naohiko Umewaka directs deaf actors in a play suffused with the life of the river: pines bending in the wind, flocks of Miyako birds and mist swirling in from the bay. This poignant tale was reimagined by Benjamin Britten in his chamber opera Curlew River.

Produced by Deborah Nash at What More? Productions.