Crying Hands

A Theatre Passe Muraille Presentation of Theatre Manu
Community Engagement Partner the Deaf Culture Centre

Crying Hands tells the tale of Hans, who was born deaf and grew up in Berlin before the war broke out in 1939. The production follows Hans’ fate as a deaf political prisoner in Sachsenhausen, and later we witness his struggle to survive the Auschwitz concentration camp. Created by Theatre Manu (Norway) this docu-drama is performed through a series of interconnected scenes accompanied by storytelling and projections.

Venue: Mainspace, 16 Ryerson Ave.

Running Time: 1 hour 50 minutes 

Content Warnings: Graphic  descriptions of violence and torture. Recommended for audiences 13+

Tickets: Pay-What-You-Can is available on the Saturday and Sunday Matinee at 2:00pm with cash at the door.

All performances are performed in American Sign Language (ASL) with a voice Actor translating to English. 


Narrator: Eitan Zuckermann
Hans: Ronny Patrick Jacobsen
Gertrud: Ipek D. Mehlum
Voice actor: Kjersti Fjeldstad


Directing and script: Bentein Baardson
Scenic & costume design: Ingeborg Kvamme
Language and script consultant: Sølvi R. Zuckermann
Sound designer: Erik Hedin
Lightning designer: Torkel Skjærven
Video designer: Simon Valentine

All performances are performed in American Sign Language (ASL) with a voice Actor translating to English. 

Please Note: TPM has 9 RF transmitters for those who are Hard of Hearing please request them when booking your ticket(s). 

Teater Manu is Norway’s national professional sign language theatre, founded in 2001. Teater Manu is a touring theatre. Teater Manu has evolved into a good, government- funded institutional theatre with eight employees, and with our own stage.

The theatre has achieved recognition in Norway and internationally, and it is our vision to become the world’s leading theatre with the culture and language of the deaf as its mainspring. Teater Manu has had productions in all genres ranging from comedy and drama to standup shows. As we use voice actors, all Teater Manu productions are also accessible for hearing patrons.

To find out more about Theatre Manu check out their website here

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