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:

  • Developing a new theatrical language in outdoor performance
  • Investing in and nurturing Deaf and disabled artists
  • Forging new collaborations and exchanges of skills with other companies
  • Intensive actor and writer training initiatives
  • Access support for creative and learning situations
  • Empowering workshops 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
  • Image: Reasons to be Cheerful Photographer: Patrick Baldwin
  • Image: The Iron Man Photographer: Alison Baskerville


Signs of a Diva

  • Duration:
  • People on road: 3
  • Freight: No freight necessary
  • Freight details: Will not be required if set (which is minimal) can be sourced locally.


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

  • Duration:
  • People on road: 12
  • Freight: No freight necessary
  • Freight details: To transport set and Iron Man puppet.
    7.5 t box size is 20 ft x 8 ft x 8ft
    It fills this.
    Production weighs 2600kgs


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.

Reasons to be Cheerful – concert version

  • Duration:
  • People on road: 18
  • Freight: No freight necessary
  • Freight details: Not needed if instruments and PA can be sourced locally.


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.

Wraparound work

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.

Press Comments & Testimonials

"Graeae has done many good and remarkable things… the company has produced work of thrilling originality" 

The Independent

"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"

The Scotsman

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Artistic Director(s)

Jenny Sealey

Contact details

Emma Dunstan
Projects Producer

Bradbury Studios
138 Kingsland Road
E2 8DY

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