• Write to Play blog

    Hannah Torrance’s blog | Write to Play year 4

    Pit-Stop Panic Last week, the Write-To-Play-ers had the delight of a few days at Graeae, catching up with Ola Animashawun and Vivienne Franzmann and chatting all things “full-length play.”  The week prior, we had all submitted our treatments: a rather bizarre experience of trying to summarise a play you haven’t even started or don’t fully […]

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    Reasons to be Cheerful casting announced!

    We are delighted to announce the full cast for the upcoming tour of our acclaimed musical Reasons to be Cheerful, which will hit the road one final time this autumn. The extraordinary wit and wisdom of Ian Dury and the Blockheads’ music and lyrics will be brought to life by an inclusive cast of 14 […]

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    In memory of Sophie Partridge

    We are devastated to hear that actor, campaigner and theatre-maker Sophie Partridge passed away earlier this week. Sophie’s talent has been woven through Graeae’s productions and workshops since 2000 and many of us feel privileged to have called her our friend. We feel her loss deeply but she leaves behind a legacy of delighted audiences […]

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    Michael Southan’s blog | Write to Play year 4

    “Going With Your Instinct” So, the time has come for me to pen my last Graeae blog before I hand over to the next Write To Play-er. I think this is supposed to be the one where I provide that nugget of advice that rings through your ears as you too embark on your writing […]

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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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    Support Gavin Pilcher to help raise money!

    Gavin Pilcher is taking part in the RunUltra Sahara Race in Namibia, to help raise funds for a second year of our Ensemble programme. In 2007, Gavin came together with 3 industry colleagues to raise money for a small children’s charity based in South London. The result was over £400K raised and completing a series […]

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    Naomi Westerman’s blog | Write to Play year 4

    Top Ten Pieces of Advice for Aspiring Playwrights 22 February 2017 This is my final Write to Play blog entry, so I thought I’d give some advice of my own. 1. Go to as many plays as you can from as wide a range as you can (West End to pub fringe, Aristophanes to Aladdin). […]

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    In memory of Tim Gebbels

    We recently learnt with great sadness that our friend, colleague and collaborator Tim Gebbels passed away. Tim was part of our first ever Missing Piece training programme and played Alsemero in our 2001 production of The Changeling (pictured). He was also an Ambassador and Audio Description Consultant for us for many years. He will be […]

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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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    What Graeae means to me

    In December 2016, to coincide with the launch of our new website, we released a short film where we asked several of our artists and theatre makers to answer one simple question: what does Graeae mean to you? Watch the film by clicking the ‘play’ icon on the above image.  

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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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    Reasons to be Cheerful returns!

    We are delighted to announce that our critically acclaimed musical Reasons to be Cheerful will receive £220,000 as part of Art Council England’s Strategic Touring Programme, to tour to seven regions across England in autumn 2017. Written by Paul Sirett and directed by Jenny Sealey, Reasons to be Cheerful is a celebration of Ian Dury […]

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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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    Our statement on Arts Council England report ‘Equality, Diversity and the Creative Case’.

    On 12 December 2016, Arts Council England launched a report entitled ‘Equality, Diversity and the Creative Case’, highlighting the current state of diversity across the cultural sector workforces across 2015 – 16. The full report can be downloaded by clicking here. Our full statement on this report can be found below: ‘It’s refreshing to see […]

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    Rebekah Bowsher’s blog | Write to Play year 3

    Dear future Write to Players When I sat down to write this blog. I didn’t know what to say. I didn’t know who to talk to. I didn’t know what to talk about. I wasn’t thoroughly convinced by blogging as a process or my ability to do it. And then I remember seeing one of […]

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    Rick Poppa’s blog | Write to Play year 3

    Final Sharings Sitting there, gathering my thoughts whilst looking out of a window that overlooks the new John Lewis development in Leeds, my head was full of – stuff I guess. Today was a big deal, a chance for us as writers to show a room full of people, no, show the world, what we could […]

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    Swaying in Rio

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

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    Write to Play awarded a further three years of funding

    We are delighted to announce that following a highly successful three years of the Write to Play programme for aspiring Deaf and disabled writers…

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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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    National Theatre Platform: Four years on from the London 2012 Paralympics

    On 29 August 2012, the world watched as Deaf and disabled people quite literally took centre-stage…

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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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    Sarah Jane Dickenson’s blog | Write to Play year 3

    Part of the Write to Play scheme is two weeks of placement at one of the theatres involved. One week of mine was to be at Live Theatre situated in the city of Newcastle near the quayside of the river Tyne.

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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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    Sarah Gonnet’s blog | Write to Play year 3

    Miniature One was an opportunity to show a monologue to a select audience at West Yorkshire Playhouse. It was an exhilarating experience; a two day creative whirlwind of rehearsing, developing, and finally the sharing.

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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 […]

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    Helen East’s blog | Write to Play year 2

    365 days and nights When I first heard about Graeae’s Write to Play, I immediately got on my soapbox.  I’ve always had an aversion to writing projects and competitions that are aimed at specific people. As far as I was concerned, they should be open to everyone regardless of gender, sexuality, age etc. I definitely […]

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    Karen Featherstone’s blog | Write to Play year 2

    Ending on a high So onto our final sharings at the Royal Exchange in Manchester, the event that had been a hypothetical blip on our horizons for the past twelve months, but here it was already, looming up and making us feel it was coming around way too quickly. If you’d asked me last year how […]

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    Jackie Hagan’s blog | Write to Play year 2

    It’s all a balancing act Sometimes being a writer is just something to bolster my own fragile identity. I like the idea of being bookish, it counters the scally bits, but I don’t really read that many books, I’m less bookish, more ‘ish’.  But on this scheme I  had to stop faffing about having fun with […]

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    Introducing Graeae’s Ensemble Artists

    We are thrilled to welcome our Ensemble Artists to Graeae. We asked each of them to say a little bit about themselves and why they wanted to be part of the Ensemble. I am Jamal Ajala. I was born in Lagos, Nigeria and left Nigeria for England with my family when I was seven for […]

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    Three years on from the London 2012 Paralympics

    An exclusive video interview with Nickie Wildin and Mat Fraser, discussing the legacy for Deaf and disabled people three years on from the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

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    The Closure of the Independent Living Fund

    On 30 June 2015, the government closes the Independent Living Fund (ILF), a specialist fund which has helped thousands of disabled people to live independent lives since it was founded.

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    Danni Skerritt’s blog | Write to Play year 2

    Juggling fatherhood and writing I’m just going to get straight into this as I’m sure I’m not the only person who feels somewhat different being involved in the arts and being a new parent. I’m still coming to terms with the fact that people see me as a Dad, in a good way of course. […]

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    New Access to Work rules will make the arts less diverse at every level

    Graeae has spoken publicly about how recent changes to the Department of Work and Pensions’ Access to Work scheme have been affecting how the company operates.

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    Sean Burn’s blog | Write to Play year 1

    Heart attack and fine I’m calling this post ‘heart attack and fine’ as tom waits almost sang. A friend / activist / disability arts campaigner texts hiy sean well well well I’m shocked that you’ve had a heart attack I don’t know why I should be but its maybe my belief that my friends are invulnerable. so yeah, I’ve […]

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    Graeae release statement in response to Lord Freud’s comments about wages for disabled workers

    Much has been said about Lord Freud’s recent misplaced comments on the net worth of a disabled person to an employer and how the level of pay should reflect that.

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    Nicola Werenowska’s blog | Write to Play year 1

    Coming Out and Staying Out This blog is a promise to myself never to hide my dyspraxia again in a playwriting context or indeed any other context where it’s more useful to myself and/or others if I am ‘out’ about my disability. So I have dyspraxia. Indeed, other than the fact that I’m passionate about playwriting […]

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    Two years on from the London 2012 Paralympic Games

    An exclusive video interview with Jenny Sealey and John Kelly, discussing the legacy for Deaf and disabled people two years on from the London 2012 Paralympic Games.