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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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    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 the new Write to Players […]

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    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 do. The […]

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    Meet Mima!

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

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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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    My time at Live Theatre and the ‘Garret’

    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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    Miniature One

    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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    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 was not going to […]

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    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 I’d be feeling about […]

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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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    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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    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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    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.