You Are My Sunshine: A Kind of Love Story
The official promotional video.
Terry Galloway spent years living in silence, until technology in the form of a cochlear implant caught up with her. "You Are My Sunshine" is Terry's comic, sometimes moving, sometimes profane
exploration of what happened after she literally regained her senses.
Review: DaDaFest International 2014
You Are My Sunshine is Terry Galloway’s comic exploration of what happens to a woman after she literally regains her senses. Cate Jacobs reviews a performance at the Bluecoat on 27 November.
Galloway explodes onto the stage in cacophony of sound reminiscent of a wedding car towing a line of tin cans down a cobbled street! Removing two ankle bracelets of empty cans she announces: “I love sound! I hate silence… now that I don’t have to put up with it. There is a kind of peace in silence; an uneasy peace.”
She was born hearing but gradually lost her hearing as a consequence of prenatal damage caused by antibiotics given to her mother during pregnancy.
After years of resistance she recently had a cochlear implant operation and she takes us on a hilarious, poignant and often heart-breaking ride of her experiences from the moment of her birth, through all the twists and turns of growing up and growing into the remarkable woman who stands before us.
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Review: Terry Galloway is playing it by ear
Two years ago, author, actress and performance guru Terry Galloway made a life-changing decision. After a lifetime of deafness, she opted to receive a cochlear implant to restore a sense that she had lost completely by the time she was 9. In doing so, she found herself thrown into an overwhelming world of noise.
These experiences are chronicled in the second of Galloway's one-woman shows, "You Are My Sunshine," opening this weekend at the Mickee Faust Clubhouse before it leaves to tour the U.S. and U.K. In just over 45 minutes, Galloway runs the gamut of the emotional spectrum.
One moment she's playful, then comical in the next, followed by staid introspection, then anger, and then — before you know it — she's back to playful again, transitioning between emotional states seamlessly and with purpose.
Much of this is punctuated by brief, interspersed moments of silence. Taking a line from Galloway's memoir (which she reads aloud to the audience), "There is a kind of peace in the silence, albeit an uneasy one."
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