Jack Thorne: MacTaggart Lecture 2021

A brilliant, powerful and timely lecture from award-winning writer and Graeae Patron Jack Thorne

In August 2021, acclaimed writer of stage, screen and television Jack Thorne, made a brilliant call to action for greater equality and visibility for disabled people in the television industry, both on screen and off. The lecture can be watched below, in versions with BSL/captions and without.

“The TV world is stacked against the telling of disabled stories with disabled talent. And that has to change.”  Jack Thorne 

As a direct result of this lecture, the BBC, Channel 4 and Netflix, all committed to proactively scouring for disabled talent. Read more here.

Jack Thorne wrote The Solid Life of Sugar Water for Graeae in 2016, which marked their first production to be seen at the National Theatre. He has also written and adapted hits including, for stage: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Let the Right One In and After Life, and for TV and film: His Dark Materials, Enola Holmes and Don’t Take my Baby. He is a Patron of Graeae.

Without captions / BSL