In 2018, Joe Jack & John wanted to develop a new facet of its inclusive practices and make Dis merci accessible to the Deaf community. To do so, they called upon consultant Daz Saunders and, following his recommendations, they quickly involved a Quebec Sign Language (LSQ) interpreter in the creation of the show.
Interpreter Nico Bonin-Gauthier was thus integrated into the play : a fifth character was created for two of the performances of Dis merci at Espace Libre, then at the National Arts Centre. The company also established connections with the deaf community in order to involve its members and gather their impressions and comments for further improvements.
Photos: Frédérique Ménard-Aubin