Announcing: Under My Tongue

Tue 18 ⏤ Sat 29 Jul
📍 Brunswick Mechanics, 270 Sydney Road, Brunswick

Book Tickets

Performance at Brunswick Mechanics Theatre
• 7:30pm, Tues (preview) 18 July – Sat 22 July
• The Wed 19 performance is an invite only opening night
• The Sun 23 July performance will be audio described
• This is a movement based performance with vibrational sound and no spoken word. There will be Auslan interpretation for pre and post show socialising on 19 and 22 July.

Tues 18 July – Sat 29 July
Tues 18 July – Fri 21 July: 12 – 9pm
Sat 22 July: 6 – 9pm
Sun 23 July: 2—5pm

Mon 24 July – Fri 28 July: 12 – 5pm
Sat 29 July: 2 – 5pm

Public Programs
• You can read about Public Programs for Under My Tongue here


Director Belinda Locke uses performance to unearth invisible challenges that people face in their lives every day. Drawing from anonymous submissions about real-life experiences, ‘Under My Tongue’ delves into the politics of connection, the aesthetics of access, and the unseen aspects of people’s identities, histories, and emotional lives.

Two performers make the invisible visible with deep empathy, exposing vulnerabilities and desires. Personal and unseen moments are expressed through movement and vibrational sound design. Specifically designed to increase access for the artists and audiences, particularly those who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing, this work is brutally honest but fundamentally gentle, opening up conversation about fears, longing for connection and intimacy.

Belinda Locke – Lead Artist and Director
Julian Dibley-Hall – Dramaturg
Amanda Lever – Performer
Joseph Stewart – Performer
Emah Fox – Sound Designer & Composer
Claudia Mirabello - Set & Costume Designer

Co-devised by Belinda Locke, Joseph Stewart and Amanda Lever with Anna Seymour (creative development 2019-2020).

The performance season (18-23 July) is complemented by a full takeover of Brunswick Mechanics Institute curated by Belinda Locke in celebration of Disability Pride Month.

From 18 — 30 July, drop in to experience an exhibition in the studio, view Larissa MacFarlane’s disability pride artworks beaming out of our Sydney Road windows, take some time out in the quiet space developed by artist Prue Stevenson and meet four artists who have engaged in a creative conversation in response to the themes explored in ‘Under My Tongue’. Please check website for exhibition opening hours when planning your visit’ to manage expectations

We invite you to join us throughout Disability Pride Month to watch, listen, explore and contemplate your own relationship to the invisible challenges that surround us and those you experience yourself.

What to Expect
— This is a movement based performance with vibrational sound and no spoken word.
— There will be Auslan interpretation for pre and post show socialising on 19 and 22 July.
— There will be audio description for the performance on 23 July.
— The venue is accessible.
— The performance is 50 min long with no break.
— There will be a quiet room which you can use at anytime during the performance.
— There are gender neutral and accessible toilets.
— We will have staff available on the day and beforehand to ensure everyone can attend.
— Content warning: references to medical settings and mental health challenges

Under My Tongue has been generously supported by:


Special thanks to Berlinklusion, Arts Access Australia, Incite Arts, Foundation for Young Australians, Charter Hall, Arts House and Malthouse Theatre for their support during the project’s conception and development.

  1. Image: Under My Tongue by Zan Wimberley
    Image description: Colour photograph of Joseph Stewart and Anna Seymour. Joseph has his eyes closed and is leaning backwards with his bare chest exposed. Anna leans her head against his shoulder and is facing the opposite direction. Anna’s dark curls frame her face and she looks out into the distance. Their arms are entwined and the background is a pink tongue colour.

  2. Image: Accessible toilet, audio description, Auslan, quiet space and wheelchair access symbol.

  3. Image: Besen Family Foundation, Robert Salzer Foundation, Merri-bek City Council, Auspicious Arts Projects, Creative Partnerships Australia, Australia Council for the Arts and Regional Arts Victoria logo.