Graeae - the 1991 Residency in Nottingham
Graeae is a force for change in world-class theatre, breaking down barriers, challenging preconceptions, championing diversity across the sector and boldly placing D/deaf and disabled artists centre stage.
Artistically led by Jenny Sealey, Graeae’s signature characteristic is the compelling creative integration of sign language, captioning and audio description, which engages brilliantly with both disabled and non-disabled audiences. Championing accessibility and providing a platform for new generations of artists, Graeae leads the way in pioneering, trail-blazing theatre both in the UK and internationally.
Not only does Graeae produce outstanding theatre, but also the company delivers extensive training programmes and opportunities for aspiring and established actors, directors and writers, everywhere from Birmingham to Bangladesh. A recognised authority in accessible aesthetics, Graeae works closely with client organisations to inspire and lead best practice – creating, supporting and advising on the development of accessible environments for all theatre lovers, everywhere.
During the 90's, Graeae was Britain's only professional theatre company of disabled performers. The company challenged the stereotyping of disabled people and through theatre, cultivates understanding and awareness of their situation. In Nottinghamshire, Graeae worked with groups of people from Portland Training Centre and Willow Wood day centre, culminating in a public performance at the Mansfield Community Arts Centre.
I was commissioned by Nottingham City Council to be part of the residency during 1991.
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