15 Year Old Deaf Boy Wins Theatre Competition

photo of ciaran o'brien

“My sign name is Ciaran because I laugh a lot.”

Ciaran O’Brien is a 15 year old deaf boy who always has a smile on his face. Ciaran is also big into acting, and pays attention to character development – how his character might walk, behave, and move. Through sign language, amazing facial expressions and body movement, he conveys dialogues to his audience. Recently, his mother filmed him on her phone camera and sent the video to a school competition that he ended up winning! (he performed a piece from Macbeth) Winning the competition secured him a place on a prestigious acting workshop.

Ciaran’s win should encourage the next generation of young actors with disabilities to participate in mainstream mediums of art.
Source: BBC


  1. This sounds so great. It’s a matter of proud. Congratulations Ciaran.

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