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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    Review of Reasons to be Graeae

    A review of Graeae’s book Reasons to be Graeae, by Ensemble 2020 artist Sophie Tennison.

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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 […]