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    The Iron Man – Q&A with Director Nickie Miles-Wildin

    Director Nickie Miles-Wildin gives us an insight into The Iron Man and what it has been like adapting it for libraries.

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    What We Talk About When We Talk About Mental Health

    We’re delighted that One Under is getting people talking about mental ill-health. But the language we use when doing so is critical. The right words help create and shape an inclusive environment for mental health service users and survivors. The wrong ones return us to a not-too-distant past where mental ill-health was something to be […]

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    Matt Trueman talks to Winsome Pinnock and Amit Sharma about the reworking of One Under

      Some plays have prescience, some are ahead of their time. Fourteen years after Winsome Pinnock’s puzzle of a play One Under had its world premiere, with Graeae’s new version of the work about to embark on a national tour, this tale of Londoners that fall through the cracks has arguably never felt more of […]

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    Shahid Iqbal Khan’s blog | Write to Play year 5

    “Theatre is the consciousness of society.” – Winsome Pinnock This quote came up in a masterclass, as part of the Graeae Write To Play program, earlier this year. It was an exhausting week of writing workshops but there were some enlightening moments. The week was led by playwright Emteaz Hussain and dramaturg Ola Animashawun. I […]

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    Work Experience

      Last week we had two students from Richard Cloudesley School spend the day with us to observe on our Ensemble rehearsals. Here’s what they had to say… “We are Felix and Georgia, students from Richard Cloudesley School. We were here last week and we watched the Ensemble artists reading their scripts, Georgia has performed […]

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    This Is Not For You Diary

    Mark Brown – Full company training week My name is Mark Brown and I’m a Blesma member having been injured in a road traffic accident whilst serving with the 1st Battalion Queens Lancashire Regiment. I joined the Army as a junior soldier and did my training at Queen Elizabeth Barracks Strensall, near York. Being a […]

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    Ensemble blog

      Hello! We’re Josh and Elspeth and we are part of Graeae’s Ensemble training programme. We have just completed our ninth week and we can’t believe that we are already over half way through. Although we have our own fantastic plans for the future, we just don’t want it to end! Having the chance to […]

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    Meet the Ensemble 2018 artists!

      Terri Donovan My name’s Terri Donovan. I’m an actor, writer and general cat lover from Manchester. I first found out about Graeae when the director of The Solid Life of Sugar Water came and spoke at my local theatre. I loved the talk and then saw the show (holy-fizzballs). I have wanted to work […]

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    Graeae’s Midwich Cuckoos cast blog

      Annabel Pattison  It was my first time auditioning for a part and being in a recording studio. The whole experience was totally new to me as I’ve never done anything like this before except performing ballet on stage at Blackpool Opera House and dances theatres. Before recording at Granada Studios, I went through the […]

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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 […]