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    Reasons to be Cheerful production diary

    A week in Derby By Wayne ‘Pickles’ Norman  Oi Oi!! “Good evening, I’m from Essex in case you couldn’t tell, my given name is Pickles and I’m doing very well.” That is the start to the audio description of the show while I’m fumbling getting old 10 pence pieces into the slot of the original […]

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    Reasons to be Cheerful rehearsal diary

    Week Four By Max Runham Oi Oi!! Max Runham here from the cast of Reasons to be Cheerful.  We just got to the end of our first production week in Coventry and we had an absolute blast. So why not tell you a little bit about it. Our week started off with a day-off on […]

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    Cosmic Scallies rehearsal diary

    Round up of the Fringe By Reuben Johnson It’s the third week of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It’s a pleasure to perform Jackie’s beautiful play every night, especially alongside Rachel. But this is only a couple of hours of our day. Walk to work, warm up and perform. What about the other 22 hours of […]

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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 […]