Work We Love

By Graeae Team, November, 3 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.

CripTales (pictured)

Crip Tales is a new series of short monologue films that challenge perceptions of living with a disability. Curated by Mat Fraser, and written and performed by disabled artists and actors including Liz Carr, Jackie Hagan, Mat Fraser and Robert Softley Gale, the films are in turn funny, poignant and unflinching in their portrayal of being disabled in Britain today.

Directed by Jenny Sealey, Amit Sharma and Ewan Marshall. 

Watch on BBC Four 

Scored in Silence

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings on Japan in 1945, performance artist Chisato Minamimura presents a special 24-hour film screening of her solo digital sign language performance Scored in Silence, which unpacks the hidden perspectives of deaf survivors. Followed by a Q&A which will be BSL interpreted and captioned. 

Wednesday 11 November. Captioned, audio described and BSL interpreted.

Find out more 

Bottled Dreams of Better Days: Digital

Fair Shake Theatre presents Bottled Dreams of Better Days: Digital, a new inclusive piece of live theatre presented online between Thursday 5 – Saturday 7 November 2020. Devised by the company, Omar Al Khina, Sam Barnard and Kat Dulfer, in collaboration with writer Athena Stevens.

All shows are audio described and have integrated Makaton. There will be British Sign Language interpreted shows on 6 & 7 November.

Find out more & book tickets 

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.

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

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.

Click here to watch on YouTube or Facebook