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Graeae is a force for change in world-class theatre, boldly placing D/deaf and disabled actors centre stage and challenging preconceptions.

‘A Company that refuses to be relegated to the sidelines’ Lyn Gardner, The Guardian 

Graeae presents a unique approach which:

  • Boldly places D/deaf and disabled artists centre-stage in a diversity of new and existing plays
  • Pioneers a radical dramatic language by exploring the “aesthetics of access”, creatively embedding a range of tools such as audio description and sign language from the very beginning of the artistic process
  • Explores new territory and theatrical genres – from contemporary classics to musicals, to outdoor circuit… with sway poles and giant puppets!

Graeae champions the inclusion of D/deaf and disabled people in the arts through:

  • Intensive actor and writer training initiatives
  • Access support for creative and learning situations
  • Empowering workshops and training programmes for young artists, led by inspiring role models
  • A range of training models for the creative sector – from inclusive practice for drama schools, through to accessible e-marketing for theatre venues

 

 

  • The Guardian on This Is Not For You, July 2018

    "This Is Not For You is at once defiant and open-hearted. The entire cast are singing, for the living rather than the dead, the choir flying above with their harmonies. Though a moving experience for an audience, the real value of this piece is that it offers these veterans a chance to be seen and heard. "

  • Disability Arts Online on This Is Not For You, July 2018

    "There is no doubt the story of war victims over the past hundred years creates a huge emotional impact. During the finale many of the audience members and even performers have tears in their eyes, as the full cast sing expressing the significance of not being forgotten and still being alive.This Is Not For You highlights the injustices these men and women have gone through. They have served and lost limbs for their country, yet when they return the very people who sent them to war will not acknowledge their sacrifice.Although society may have forgotten about these individuals, the audience are not going to forget them any time soon. This Is Not For You proves that these warriors will not be stifled; they will fight to the end to tell their story and be heard."

  • Exeunt on Courage Everywhere: And Others, November 2018

    “Exciting stories are interspersed with the Graeae company’s commentaries and important additions. Graeae’s women are sharp, passionate, insightful, rebellious and playful. They cover the nuances of feminist conflicts from then and today. This D/deaf and disabled history is collaborative and ongoing, made possible only by women’s teamwork and determination not to settle for some victories.”

  • The Stage on Reasons to be Cheerful, September 2017

    "It feels fresher than ever in this new touring version… Sealey’s production is one of glorious anarchy. Far from being an add-ons, the creative integration of sign language, audio description and captioning adds to the theatricality."

  • Time Out on Reasons to be Cheerful, November 2017

    "It’s so full of cheer that, like the actors at the beginning, it spills off the stage and runs rampant through the auditorium....Topping it all off is a stunning band, fuelling the show with almighty sax solos (Louis Schultz-Wiremu) and prodigious keys from Joey Hickman - any show with a keytar solo is instantly pretty awesome."

  • The Times on The House of Bernarda Alba, February 2017

    “Jenny Sealey directs with dexterity, interweaving all the demands of this production into something special. An extraordinary production."

  • The Guardian on The House of Bernarda Alba, February 2017

    "Director Jenny Sealey's seamless incorporation of British Sign Language, visual description and captioning...breathtaking theatre by the most economical means."

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138 Kingsland Rd

London

E2 8DY

United Kingdom

0207 613 6900

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