Artistically led by Jenny Sealey, Graeae’s signature characteristic is the compelling creative integration of sign language and audio description, which engages brilliantly with both disabled and non-disabled audiences. Championing accessibility and providing a platform for new generations of artists, Graeae leads the way in pioneering, trail-blazing theatre. The original disabled-led theatre company, Graeae remains firmly rooted at the forefront of its field in the UK. Graeae also delivers extensive training programmes and opportunities for aspiring and established actors, directors and writers. A recognised authority in accessible aesthetics, Graeae works closely with client organisations to inspire and lead best practice - creating, supporting and advising on the development of accessible environments.
Graeae is a force for change, creating world-class theatre which explores new territory and theatrical genres, from contemporary classics to musicals to outdoor circus involving sway poles and giant puppets.
Graeae champions the inclusion of Deaf and disabled people in the arts through:
Caroline Parker gives a virtuoso performance as Sue and her alter-ego Tammy, signing all the diva classics such as ‘I will survive’. Suitable for all audiences, has a cabaret feel.
Studio show. All performances include BSL signed songs, captioned text and audio description.
The Iron Man by Ted Hughes is adapted for Graeae by Paul Sirett. The show features a colossal Iron Man puppet which is taller than a double-decker bus. Suitable for all ages, particularly families.
All performances include BSL interpretation and audio description.
Outdoor show requiring a clear flat space.
The concert version of this critically-acclaimed show features some of Ian Dury & The Blockheads's greatest hits including Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll and Spasticus Autisticus. Suitable for all audiences, rock concert feel. Includes BSL interpretation, audio description and captions.
Suitable for an outdoor festival / mid-scale venue.
Graeae can offer a range of workshop opportunities. These can include workshops for young people, masterclasses or creative access workshops.
Opportunties would be related to the show and can be aimed at a variety of groups including, but not limited too, young people, venues, artists.
"Graeae has done many good and remarkable things… the company has produced work of thrilling originality"
"Graeae rightly holds iconic status nationally and internationally for the innovation and quality of its work. It plays a vital part in the cultural life of this country"
Ruth Mackenzie, Director, Cultural Olympiad & London 2012 Festival
"There seems to be no end to the rich seam of creativity struck by Graeae Theatre Company under its present artistic director, Jenny Sealey"