25 years at Graeae
On 18 August 2022, we will be celebrating Jenny Sealey’s 25 years as Artistic Director and CEO at Graeae. Since 1997, Jenny has been running Graeae with tenacity, kindness and an unwavering commitment to ensuring Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists shine in the spotlight, while also nurturing and cultivating a future generation. She has […]
The Paradis Files – where it all began
In conversation with: Artistic Director, Jenny Sealey and Librettist, Nicola Werenowska Listen to the audio version. Jenny: Do you remember the very beginning with the five of us, you, me, Selina (Co-Librettist and Original Idea), Errollyn (music) and Andrea (Musical Director and Conductor) sat in the Graeae hub listening to Selina tell us the story […]
Interview: Director of KERBS, Nickie Miles-Wildin
Director Nickie Miles-Wildin talks about her upcoming show Kerbs by Michael Southan. Can you start by telling us a bit about the narrative of the play? Who is Kerbs about and what happens in it? Kerbs follows Lucy and David as they embark on a dating app. Their first date doesn’t quite go according to plan and there’s […]
KERBS blog: Rehearsals Week 1, 2, 3 & 4
Assistant Director, Britny Virginia gives us an insight into the Kerbs rehearsal process. WEEK ONE Haven’t we all tripped over a kerb (or two) at least once in our lives? No? Okay maybe it’s just me but this is not the type of kerb I’m referring to today. I’m referring to the trailblazing play written […]
Interview: Writer Michael Southan on KERBS at Belgrade Theatre, touring this Spring.
Kerbs is a brand new play from the Belgrade Theatre and the UK’s leading disabled-led theatre company, Graeae, as part of Coventry UK City of Culture 2021. Making its premiere at the Belgrade this spring, the laugh-out-loud new comedy is the debut play from disabled writer Michael Southan. Weat End Best Friend recently chatted […]
Get to know… Shahid Iqbal Khan
Ahead of his play 10 NIGHTS, we caught up with the very lovely human, playwright Shahid Iqbal Khan. Shahid is an alumnus of Graeae’s Write To Play programme in 2018. His plays include The Smile of Despair and Stardust (both with Phizzical Productions) and he recently wrote a short piece Never Been Away for Tara Theatre. What’s the best thing about being a […]
Too Much Talk, Too Little Action: Are the standards by which we Judge writing Accessible?
As a visually impaired writer, I often get asked how organisations can help me participate, what I need to get into the building, attend the social etc. What I don’t get asked is how my lived experience impacts both what and how I write. For disabled writers to truly flourish, we need to stop assuming […]
Review of Reasons to be Graeae
A review of Graeae’s book Reasons to be Graeae, by Ensemble 2020 artist Sophie Tennison.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]