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Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 08 June - 09 June 2018
Category Live Event

Riverside presents Jodee Mundy Collaborations

It was only when Jodee was five years old and lost at Kmart that she realised her whole family were Deaf.

Part performance, part multimedia and live art, Jodee Mundy’s ground-breaking solo performance explores her personal experience as the only hearing person in a Deaf family.

Portrayed through the eyes of a child, Jodee does not see any ‘disability’; only the love and protection of her family. Despite this, she often witnessed a bittersweet ignorance from many towards her family.

Innovatively presented in the form of two languages, Jodee simultaneously translates herself using English and Auslan through the use of a virtual interpreter and captioning.

A deeply touching story, Personal explores dis/ability and how we perceive one another. It ultimately breaks down barriers and creates a greater understanding of signed and spoken language by highlighting how humans can communicate in multiple ways.

Please Note: This production contains some adult themes and strong language.

Dates & Times:
Friday 8 June 2018 at 11am & 7:30pm
Saturday 9 June 2018 at 2:15pm (Audio Described) & 7:30pm

Please Note: This performance has a total lock-out. Please ensure you arrive at the theatre with ample time prior to the performance as latecomers will not be admitted into the theatre.


This production is Auslan Integrated and accessible to Deaf and hearing impaired, as well as hearing audiences.


Audio Description is available for the performance on Saturday 9 June at 2:15pm. Please call Box Office on 8839 3399 to book.


Please note: Due to lack of bookings the tactile tour at 12 noon on Saturday 9 June has been cancelled.



Photo by Theresa Harrison

Artistic Director and Performer
Jodee Mundy

Creative Team
Jen Hector
Madeleine Flynn
Tim Humphrey
Rhian Hinkley
Sandra Fiona Long
Jo Dunbar
Merophie Carr

Suitable for Years 7 – 12

This is a rare gem of a production, highlighting what it’s like to suddenly realise you have been living in two worlds across two cultures. As a biographical one-woman show, students will benefit from seeing how this true story is presented, as well as the production values used by a solo performer to capture an audience. It brings in another level of inclusion, incorporating Auslan into the performance itself. On top of that, the show incorporates multiple themes including family, Deaf culture, society, discrimination, acceptance, celebration and understanding. If ever there was a show that has opportunities for cross-curricular learning, this is it.

Download the Curriculum Links here: Personal Curriculum Links

Download information on how to book here: How to Book
Download Riverside’s Risk Assessment here: 2018 Risk Assessment

Download information about access at Riverside here: Access at Riverside

“This is strong autobiographical theatre with a fascinating story, and ingenious visual and sound design that implicates the senses. You might only be able to fully appreciate everything in the show if, like Jodee, you have a foot in both worlds, but it will give both the deaf and the hearing much to think about”. – The Age
Read the full review here

“This rewarding, compelling work brings deaf and hearing a little closer together both literally and through its delicate and sharp insights – crisply and clearly presented.” – Stage Whispers
Read the full review here

“Jodee Mundy’s Personal is a winning and inclusive tonic, consistently hilarious and informative.” – TimeOut
Read the full review here

“Luckily Personal doesn’t discriminate. Inviting deaf and hearing audiences alike. This is a notable and important example of where access is not part of the performance, access is the performance.” – ArtsHub
Read the full review here

“Throughout Personal, Mundy shows us that her family is unique only because it traverses the line between two worlds; otherwise, it is like any other family – filled with laughter, frustration, anger, joy and love.” – Theatrepeople
Read the full review here

“Personal, aside from a triumphant piece of performance and live theatre, does something special; it bridges divides, it removes, within this context, “us” and “them”. Not often does theatre, despite the best of intentions, achieve such heights.” – Melbourne Critique
Read the full review here

Creating work from personal experience. Read the article on ArtsHub here

Deaf Heart. Listen to or read the transcript of this interview on ABC Radio National here

The incredible gift of being the only person in my family who can hear. Read this article on ABC here

Jodee Mundy gets personal about Auslan. Read the article on the Weekly Review here

Sound of Silence. Read the article on Melbourne Critique here

Growing up as a CODA (“Child Of a Deaf Adult”) has played a huge role in Jodee Mundy’s detailed understanding of the nuances of perception. And this has become the foundation of her life as an artist. “Personal is really what it says it is – a very personal journey,” Mundy says. “And it’s one of joy, grief, reconciliation and interrogation.”
Read the interview with Maxim Boon (Audrey Journal) here

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Personal: 60 minutes (No interval plus 20 minute Q&A for 11am performance)
In Conversation with Jodee Mundy: 60 minutes (No interval)

Ticket Prices

Members Adult $37
Members Concession $32
Club 30 $30
Adult $44
Concession (Australian Pensioner & Senior, Full Time Student) $39
Child (16 and under) $24
30 & Under $34
Groups 10+ $39
Student/Teacher $20
In Conversation with Jodee Mundy $Free

Transaction fees apply

Phone $4.60
Web $3.60
Counter $2.60
School Bookings $4.00