Unspoken Spoken

Unspoken Spoken by Fin Walker. Photography by Camilla Greenwell, 2018

Unspoken Spoken, a captivating new film directed and choreographed by Fin Walker for Candoco Dance Company. The film has been released online on Candoco's website, YouTube and Facebook platforms. Created and filmed with support from digital commissioning body The Space, Arts Council England and the BBC, the film seeks to raise awareness of Candoco’s work amongst a digital audience for the first time.

About the film

“The cookie-cutter shapes burst their banks. The floor turned into a river, the river into a dragon, the dragon spilt out of the classroom and lit up the sky.”

We exist within a world of rules. Rules we impose upon ourselves, rules others impose upon us. Sometimes they are unconscious, sometimes hidden, often unspoken. Angry, frustrated, confused, awake.

Why does it take so long to realise all these rules are here? Can we accept them? Should we? And what do we do now?

Fin Walker’s Unspoken Spoken for Candoco Dance Company exposes the potential that exists when we dare to challenge the rules. We encounter five characters, each with his or her own rules to question, to surrender to, to fight against.

A captivating story told through BSL, voice and movement, Unspoken Spoken is performed by a cast of disabled and non-disabled dancers.

Some younger, some older, they ask us to look deeper, to explore our own boundaries.

What changes if we face up to what is holding us back?

There are three versions of the film – one full length or two shorter segments.

Unspoken Spoken - the full film (17-minutes)

Unspoken Spoken - the full film (17-minutes) audio described by Fin Walker

Unspoken Spoken - Alice's Story (3-minute short edit featuring 14-year-old Jess Dowdeswell)

Unspoken Spoken - Once, At School (3-minute short edit featuring Jemima Hoadley)

Go behind the scenes with dancer Dan Daw. This film was created during filming by Canvas Arts

Production Details

  • Year: 2018
  • Directed and Choreographed by: Fin Walker



Mavis Julie Cleves

Dennis Dan Daw

Alice Jessica Dowdeswell

Fred Thomasin Gülgeç

Narrator Jemima Hoadley

Rosalia Roberta Pitre

Director & Choreographer Fin Walker

Produced by Candoco Dance Company

Concept Conceived by Fin Walker and Ed Harris

Executive Producer for The Space Helen Spencer

Producer Janie Valentine

Film Director Ross MacGibbon

Story Devised by Fin Walker and the performers

Music and Sound: Composed and Produced by Ben Park & Park Music

Writer Ed Harris

Make Up Artists Louisa Copperwaite and Laura Barrow

Designer Jon Bausor

Costume Designer Becky Gunstone

Set Designer Alfie Heywood

Access Consultant Deepa Shastri

Candoco Dance Company team:

Artistic Co-Director Charlotte Darbyshire

Producer Marianne Mogendorff

Assistant Producer Jessica Richards

Executive Director Jo Towler

Communications Manager Lucy Fox

Assistant Floriane Laroche

Musicians and Assistant Credits:

Assistant sound editor Peter Clarke

Cello Rebecca Jordan

Violin/Viola Buffy Rowe

Double bass Ben Park

Piano Ben Park

Percussion James Taylor

Vocalists Geriel & Syauqi Destanika

Director of Photography Jim Ashcroft

Sound Recordist Ian McPherson

Camera Assistant Michelle Remnant

Script Supervisor Claire Mathias

Production Coordinator Lucy Pilgrim

Post Production Storm HD

Offline Editor Josh Levinski

Online Editor Paul Ingvarsson

Production Manager Piera Buckland

With thanks to:

Sarah Howard, Pedro Machado, Dawn Prentice, David Waring, Cath Walker

Supported by:

Winner of the One Dance UK Dance on Screen - Impact Award 2018

Additional Notes:

All 3 versions of the film are available to screen at festivals and events. Please contact info@candoco.co.uk for more information.