Work We Love

By Graeae Team, October, 5 2020

During the pandemic, Deaf and disabled artists and disabled led companies have – and still are – creating some brilliant, engaging and powerful work. Below are details of some of our highlights, with links to watch or listen, along with details for accessibility of each.

We’ll try and keep this page updated regularly. If you have any suggestions for inclusion, please email richard@graeae.org with the name of your piece, details of the accessibility, and 10-20 words of description.

We will only consider work which is made by and features Deaf and/or disabled artists, and has at least two of the following pieces of provision: captioning/audio description/British Sign Language.

Still, Here

From Access All Areas Theatre Company, an audio exhibition across Hackney, exploring learning disabled life in lockdown and beyond.

Captioned and audio described. Walking tour is outdoors, on an accessible route. 

Find out more

Funny Peculiar

A witty, wise and original  new online drama from Little Cog, starring Liz Carr, Mandy Colleran, Bea Webster and Vici Wreford-Sinnott (also writer and director).

Captioned, BSL interpreted and audio described (three separate versions).

Click here to watch / listen.

Triple Oppression

A new film piece created by award-winning Deaf performance artist Vilma Jackson, about a Deaf woman’s struggle to fit in socially, racially and professionally.

Captioned and BSL interpreted. 

Click here to watch / listen.

Interviews with Ellie Mason, Paul Christian and Charlene Salter

A film made by a group of artists and performers from the Freelance Task Force that are neuro-divergent and/or have a disability.

Captioned and audio described. 

Click here to watch / listen.

Pandemic Postcards

From Harbourfront Arts Centre in Toronto and curated by Alex Bulmer, a series of digital postcards with personal stories from disabled artists on what life has been like for them during the pandemic/lockdown.

Audio described and captioned.

Click here to watch / listen

Angelica

From 1623 Theatre Company, a new show in development that explores life, love and grief when you’re Deaf, female, middle-aged, working-class and queer. Featuring Caroline Parker, directed by Karen Spicer, written by Fiona Whitelaw, designed by Lisa Ducie and with dramaturgy by Ben Spiller.

Audio described and captioned.

Click here to watch / listen

PLAY²

From DH Ensemble, a new performance experiment PLAY² Digital Improvisations, with videos featuring Deaf and hearing artists released Thursday 8, 15 & 22 October 12pm on their website & Youtube channel.

Find out more

Diverse City Extraordinary Bodies

Extraordinary Bodies invites you to join a live conversation with the creative team and cast of the new digital piece “What Do You See In Me?” A piece that makes us question whether we take time to truly understand who people really are.

15 mins BSL interpreted, AD and captioned.

Join in a discussion on Wednesday 7th October on YouTube here.

Click here to watch on YouTube or Facebook

Birds of Paradise and Battersea Arts Centre

Come To Bed With Me is a brand new performance from Birds of Paradise and Battersea Arts Centre, designed specifically for being performed via a video call.

Come To Bed With Me is a conversation, a nightly routine, a shared experience – bedroom to bedroom. Robert is a disabled performer – he is used to being looked at and to being asked all sorts of questions. This is an invitation to share in moments that are new and real – to exchange with people who might not look or move as you do.

Being performed 26 Oct – 1 Nov, the following performance dates are being made accessible:

*       Wed 28 Oct – Captioned
*       Thu 29 Oct – BSL interpreted
*       Fri 30 Oct – Audio Described

Six tickets are available for each accessible performance, reserved specifically for people who require that access provision. These tickets are free of charge.

Click here for more info and how to book