Crips without Constraints Part 2

We’re thrilled to announce Crips without Constraints Part 2 is back with five brand new plays, as we continue to celebrate the work and talent of Deaf and disabled artists.

Dame Harriet Walter, Mandy Colleran, Naomi Wirthner, Sharon D. Clarke and Julie Graham are amongst the cast to feature in our new short plays.

The bold and brilliant plays are written by five disabled writers, all alumni from Graeae’s Write to Play programme, covering topics from sibling rivalry to death by Post-it notes. Additionally, the pieces will all be directed by upcoming disabled directors. 

Each play will be released online every Tuesday at midday from 19 January until 16 February 2021, all pieces will be captioned and audio described.

Combined with these plays, every Thursday from 21 January, Graeae will release a short, filmed conversation with Deaf artists in British Sign Language, discussing in more detail the themes from that weeks’ play. 

Nickie Miles-Wildin, Graeae Associate Director says:
It’s exciting that disabled writers are being given the platform they deserve. Such an eclectic mix of stories that have been creatively told using the digital world of online communication. Incredibly hyped and proud of the entire team, from writers and actors to directors and composer.  Can’t wait to share it with the world.

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Week 1 


How Do You Make a Cup of Tea? By Kellan Frankland

Starring Dame Harriet Walter and Mandy Colleran
Directed by Stephen Bailey

Audio Described and Captioned
Contains strong language

Find out a bit more about the writer of this weeks play. 

BSL Vodcast

As part of our Crips without Constraints series, we’re releasing weekly BSL vodcasts with two Deaf artists to discuss the themes of each play.

This week, actors Nadia Nadarajah and Sophie Stone discuss the topics raised in How Do You Make a Cup of Tea? By Kellan Frankland around casting and authenticity in theatre.

Voiceover by Ali Gordon and Vikki Gee Dare.

 

Week 2


Flowers for the Chateau by Rebekah Bowsher

Starring Julie Graham and Naomi Wirthner 
Directed by Hana Pascal Keegan

Audio Described and Captioned

Find out a bit more about the writer of this weeks play. 

BSL Vodcast

As part of our Crips without Constraints series, we’re releasing weekly BSL vodcasts with two Deaf artists to discuss the themes of each play.

This week, actor and theatre maker, Bea Webster and actor, writer, facilitator, EJ Raymond discuss the topics raised in Flowers for the Chateau by Rebekah Bowsher.

Voiceover by Ali Gordon and Jo Ross.


Week 3


The Gift by Leanna Benjamin

Starring Sharon D.Clarke and Saida Ahmed 
Directed by Cheryl Martin 

Audio Described and Captioned

The Gift contains strong language, themes of sexual assault and abortion.
For support on the issues raised in this piece, the following organisations might be able to help:
Refuge: https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk
The Samaritans: https://www.samaritans.org
The Survivors Trust: https://www.thesurvivorstrust.org/

Find out a bit more about the writer of this weeks play.

BSL Vodcast

As part of our Crips without Constraints series, we’re releasing weekly BSL vodcasts with two Deaf artists to discuss the themes of each play.

This week, Deepa Shastri and Ruth Montgomery discuss the topics raised in The Gift by Leanna Benjamin.

Voiceover by Jo Ross and Sandy Deo.

Content warning: The vodcast contains discussions about abortion.


Week 4


Good Day Bad Day by Karen Featherstone

Starring Cherylee Houston
Directed by Alexandra Whiteley

Audio Described and Captioned

Contains some strong language.

Find out a bit more about the writer of this weeks play.

BLS Vodcast

As part of our Crips without Constraints series, we’re releasing weekly BSL vodcasts with two Deaf artists to discuss the themes of each play.

This week, Rubbena Aurangzeb – Tariq  and DL Williams discuss the topics raised in Good Day Bad Day by Karen Featherstone.

Voiceover by Rebekah Spencer and Suzy Evans.


Week 5


Stuck With You by Jessica Lovett

Starring Sharon Duncan-Brewster and Alexandra James
Directed by Lilac Yosiphon

Audio Described and Captioned.

Stuck With You contains strong language.

Find out a bit more about the writer of this weeks play.

BSL Vodcast

As part of our Crips without Constraints series, we’re releasing weekly BSL vodcasts with two Deaf artists to discuss the themes of each play.

This week, Jacqui Beckford and sister Yvonne Beckford discuss the topics raised in Stuck With You by Jessica Lovett.

Voiceover by Rebekah Spencer and Suzy Evans.