Usually keeping her writing to the confines of her huffington post blog, The Silent Child is Rachel’s screenplay debut. Shenton’s passion to tell this story urged her to put pen to paper.
At twelve years old Rachel’s father lost his hearing suddenly and lived the last two years of his life profoundly deaf. This inspired Rachel to learn sign language and her passion for change in the deaf community grew. As a keen advocate for deaf awareness, between acting roles Rachel campaigns for equal opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing people. She believes passionately the silent disability goes unnoticed by many and misunderstood by many more. As a proud ambassador of the National Deaf Children’s Society and local charity DeafLinks, she’s been raising awareness for well over a decade.
For this project Shenton combined two things very close to her heart, performing and deafness and The Silent Child short film was born.