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    Cosmic Scallies rehearsal diary

    Week two By Reuben Johnson – playing Shaun You form bonds pretty quickly in theatre, it’s really the only way. So at the start of the second week  the banter had commenced.  A pair of sandals sported by our Assistant Director James being one of the early talking points. As a team we’re now pretty comfortable […]

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    Mima William’s blog | Projects Intern

    Discovering Graeae for me was like Harry Potter when he discovered magic and Hogwarts…

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    The run up to press night

    When we began rehearsals at Bradbury Studios (Graeae Headquarters) on 9 January, opening night and The Royal Exchange seemed far far away. Now here we are our first week of opening and what a week it has been. After an intense few days of tech with the brilliant design team, it was time for us […]

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    Audio Description for The House Of Bernarda Alba

    A Graeae Theatre Company and Royal Exchange Theatre co-production. As a blind person, audio description has always been one of those things that I’ve sort of loved and hated all at the same time.  Completely relying on the audio when watching theatre, TV or film, I definitely get frustrated when there’s a long silence and […]

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    We’re here. At Manchester Royal Exchange

    We’re here. At Manchester Royal Exchange. Looking at the outside of the theatre, I get a feeling of excited apprehension. Though that might have been watching my fellow cast members going on the rodeo bull at the Christmas Party (which was only organised as a team building exercise). When we were first allowed inside the […]

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    Week one of House of Bernarda Alba rehearsals

    Week one of Graeae’s House of Bernarda Alba – INSIDE LA CASA (yes I did) After a lovely (boozy) restorative (gluttonous) Christmas break, it was time to get back to some real work. And there’s no work like it. Day One at Graeae HQ consisted of a meet and greet with Graeae and Royal Exchange […]

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    Swaying in Rio

    It goes without saying that being disabled in this society can be hard…

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    An Update from Rio

    Deaf and disabled artists in the UK are currently preparing for the Unlimited Festival disability arts extravaganza…

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    Good Morning Latitude

    Good morning Vietnam!!!!! Ok well we are not in Vietnam or even going there, but still.

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    Reasons are back!

    We’re back! Six years on and none of us can believe our luck. Reasons To Be Cheerful is still going and with a special performance planned for this year’s Latitude Festival, I know I speak for everyone when I say that we were beyond excited. Billed for the Theatre stage, this was very much a […]

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    “Panache?”

    “I hope we can deliver the same panache this time.” “Panache?” I repeated this word to Amit, our director, as we scanned over a newspaper article in the Plymouth Herald by which he sets out his new ambitions for ‘The Solid Life of Sugar Water’ ahead of the formidable tour we have ahead of us. The word […]

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    Making the bed again

    Four months have passed, and the bed is made once more. The Solid Life of Sugar Water, she lives, she breathes again! We have spent this week, getting back into (onto) bed, in London at the National Theatre Studio. Since the play ran at Edinburgh last August at the Fringe Festival, there has been no […]