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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.