MOTHER LODE by Sofya Gollan

Mother Lode is a new Australian stage drama centering on two people’s experience of Deafness. Cate the central Deaf character gains courage from Rosemary, an elderly Deaf recently blind woman, to escape an abusive marriage. Cate in turn helps Rosemary to escape the increasing and debilitating social isolation Rosemary is experiencing in a care facility.

This play uniquely explores visual and sign language imagery as an exciting multi-layered approach to theatre, delivering access as a transformational aesthetic.

Outlandish Arts is supporting the UK creative development of Mother Lode in September 2016. This has been made possible with funding from Accessible Arts Small Grants program.

Sofya Gollan, Biography

Sofya started out as an actor with the Australian Theatre of the Deaf as a teenager, and from that she spring boarded to NIDA graduating into the broader industry. After working as an actor for Sydney Theatre Company, Playschool, and in USA, she went on to pick up a Masters in Directing from AFTRS.

Since then she has written extensively for the stage and screen, many of her works being produced. She is currently a resident playwright in the 2016 Griffin Studio.

Her film Preservation was nominated for several AFI Awards among other industry awards and she continues her professional practice alongside her roles as Deaf Arts Manager, Accessible Arts and, Development and Production Executive, Screen NSW.