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.