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    Reasons to be Cheerful production diary

    Week Eleven – The last week at Theatre Royal Stratford East By Stephen Collins It’s the last night of Reasons to be Cheerful. It’s 11pm. The last show has finished 40 minutes ago. I’m sat alone in the dressing room with a small bottle of champagne from John Kelly (cheers you lovely man). The room is […]

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    Collaborating with Graeae on In Touch

    Graeae are currently collaborating with a Russian theatre company and a Russian director on In Touch; a show about how deafblind people go through life, the barriers they have faced and learning to manage their disability. For the first few days of rehearsal, we were in a studio at a museum; here we got to […]

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    Cosmic Scallies rehearsal diary

    Final stop, Manchester. ‘It’s taken me a while to write this blog for our first week back in Manchester as I think it’s taken me this long to settle! After performing the show “20 something” times at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, I completely underestimated how it would feel to revisit the play after four weeks […]

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    Your Reasons to be Cheerful

    Take a look at some of our friends Reasons to be Cheerful! Sir Peter Blake – Love. Joe Jones – Liquorice, puffer fish and girls who are ticklish. Jason Flemyng – Actor – Waking up as a married man. Peter Hook – Joy Division / New Order – The smell of my kids hair.  John Turnbull […]

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    Reasons to be Cheerful rehearsal diary

    Week Three By Joey Hickman Hello I’m Joey and I’m the Musical Director for Reasons to be Cheerful. This week has been quite the week! It was week 3 of rehearsals for the actors and week 2 for the band. It was our final week of rehearsals so our last push to get everything ready […]

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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…