‘LOUDER is not always clearer’, an honest telling of the vulnerability of a deaf man, created and performed by a deaf man, is one of the highlights coming up at Skipton Town Hall in September.

Performed by ‘Mr and Mrs Clark’, it follows the life of Jonny, a teacher, workshop leader, new father and avid football fan, who just happens to be deaf.

Jonny, described by his friends as outgoing and with a love of music, festivals and nightclubs. was born deaf to hearing parents who were afraid that disability would stigmatise their son and the family.

For a hearing audience it is an illuminating and emotional experience. For deaf audience members the show is a familiar tale of misunderstanding and isolation. For all audiences it is a humorous and at times moving story of one man’s attempt to cope, to fit in and be accepted.

Mr and Mrs Clark make new and thought provoking performances that engage and entertain audiences. The Clarks were short-listed for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award in 2015 and presented (FEAR) as part of Wales In Edinburgh in 2017. Louder Is Not Always Clearer, on September 17, was short-listed for a Total Theatre Award in 2019.

On Friday, September 3, the town hall plays host to Opera North and ‘carnival of the animals’.

Join the fabulous players of the Orchestra of Opera North for this relaxed concert for young children and their families, where moving around and responding naturally to the music is actively encouraged.

During this magical interactive event, you will go on a unique journey with your child as you experience the wonderful music of Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals really close up.

On Tuesday, September 21, John Bowdler, resident organist at Blackpool Tower, will provide the entertainment at the town hall afternoon tea dance.

A spokesperson for the town hall said: “The town hall team can’t wait to welcome back regular dancers and new guests for the first dance in the stunningly restored Concert Hall!

“Tickets include sweet treats and unlimited tea and coffee served at your table.”

On September 24 in the evening, there will be a 20th anniversary screening of the film Amelie, set in Paris.

For more details, and to book tickets, visit: https://skiptontownhall.co.uk/