Graeae Theatre Company
The Iron Man
© Photo by: Alison Baskerville 2013
A photograph from The Iron Man by Graeae Theatre Company depicting four actors in boiler suits. Two are sat on one shed roof, on on the shed, a an actor is on the roof, and another is on a ladder climbing down. The sheds are green. In the background, there is a metal torso of a huge robot.
© Photo by: Alison Baskerville 2013
A photograph from The Garden by Graeae Theatre Company depicting a man suspended in the air reaching downwards. He is wearing a stripey shirt and jeans. There are trees in the background, and a pole with black fabric wrapped around it.
© Photo by: Alison Baskerville 2013
A photograph from The Garden by Graeae Theatre Company depicting several performers outdoors, positioned around a large green table in front of an audience. Four performers are suspended each from a metal arched steel frame. Two are on the green table and others are looking on. The audience is in the background, crowded around a yellow painted concrete staircase structure.
Graeae is a force for change in world-class theatre, presenting a unique approach which:
- boldly places disabled artists centre-stage in a diversity of new and existing plays
- pioneers a radical dramatic language by exploring the ‘aesthetics of access’, creatively embedding a range of tools such as audio description and sign language from the very beginning of the artistic process
- explores new territory and theatrical genres – from contemporary classics to musicals, to outdoor circuit… with sway poles and giant puppets.
Graeae champions the inclusion of Deaf and disabled people in the arts through:
- intensive actor and writer training initiatives
- access support for creative and learning situations
- empowering workshops for young artists, led by inspiring role models
- a range of training models for the creative sector – from inclusive practice for drama schools, through to accessible e-marketing for theatre venues.
Reasons to be Cheerful
Duration: 1 hour
Description: Part gig, part play, Graeae’s Reasons to be Cheerful is a gritty coming of age tale featuring Ian Dury & the Blockheads’ greatest hits. In the concert version of this popular show, join Vinnie and his mates for a night of raucous glee. Oi! Oi!
First performed in 2010, Reasons to be Cheerful toured the UK in 2012 including an appearance at the London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony, and has gone on to perform all over the world.
Reasons to be Cheerful concert will raise the roof featuring your favourite songs from the show including Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll, Spasticus Autisticus, Hit Me with your Rhythm Stick and more. Includes BSL interpreted songs and captioning and on stage audio description. Lets ‘ave it!
‘The stage gives off a million volts’ The Guardian
‘Rough, ready and bl**dy brilliant’ Time Out
Extra information: The show is one hour long with no interval and is suitable for mid to large scale indoor or outdoor auditoriums. The show is available for touring now.
This production includes BSL, captioning and Audio Description. All spoken words and song lyric are captioned and/or signed
The show requires an end-on performance space and a pre-rig before get-in. An LX plan will be provided. Full Technical Specification is available on request.
People on road: here are 19 people on the road with this show; 13 performer/musicians, 2 technicians, 1 Production Manager, 2 Access Support Workers and one Director.
Freight details: Props, costume and instruments to be taken as excess baggage
Signs of a Diva
Duration: 55 minutes
Description: No one remembers mousey old Sue, the undertaker from Bingley Bridge. No one knows she’s a Diva fanatic, until one day she is offered a cabaret spot at Harry’s Place. Overnight, Tammy Frascati is born and Sue finds herself hurtling to stardom and Las Vegas, signing the songs of her favourite Divas, Billie Holiday, Dusty Springfield, Ella Fitzgerald & Gloria Gaynor.
Caroline Parker gives a virtuoso performance as Sue and her alter ego Tammy as she takes us on a journey of fame, frocks and false eyelashes battling with true love from Bingley Bridge.
“The real fun is in watching Parker adding her hysterical touches to well-worn tunes…. has the potential to attract a huge following” The Stage
“Parker is a warm and engaging presence, and it all slips down as easily as iced frascati”. The Guardian
“A remarkable piece of theatre from disabled-led company Graeae”. British Theatre Guide
Extra information: The show is 55 minutes long with no interval and is suitable for small scale indoor auditoriums. The show is available for touring now.
This production includes BSL, captioning and Audio Description.
This show can come with workshops and education packs as required.
Ideally for an end-on performance space and a pre-rig before get-in. LX plan can be provided.
People on road: There are four people on the road with this show; one performer, one Stage Manager/SLI, one Technical Manager, and one Producer/Director.
Freight details: This show has a set but does not need to be transported. All set items can be sourced locally.
The Solid Life of Sugar Water
Duration: 80 minutes
Description: Phil and Alice are in love. Phil and Alice are healing wounds. Phil and Alice are desperate to communicate.
Candid, uninhibited and visceral, this new play from the award-winning Jack Thorne is an intimate, tender portrait of loss and recovery.
The Solid Life of Sugar Water received unanimous acclaim from critics and audiences alike at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and 2016 UK Tour ending at the National Theatre.
Jack Thorne’s previous credits include Let the Right One In and Hope for the stage, as well as television dramas Glue, Skins, Shameless and This is England. His new play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will open in the West End in 2016.
'Startingly good' The Times
'Forceful, thrilling, stunning' Daily Telegraph
Extra information: The production is 80 minutes long with no interval for small scale indoor auditoriums – performing space: Width 460cm, depth 385cm, height 320cm
This production includes captioning and Audio Description.
Ideally an end-on performance space. Pre-rig before get-in, LX plan to be provided. 1 day get-in & rehearsal before performance date required.
People on road: There are five people on the road with this show; two performers, two technicians, one Director/Producer.
Freight details: Europe; by road in Luton Van with 2 passengers.
Rest of the world; to be discussed.
Graeae tour internationally with training and learning programmes, collaborate with local arts organisations and work with the British Council to maximise impact of the work. In addition, we offer post-show discussions, masterclasses and conference presentations on themes related to the show and also the Graeae ethos.
Graeae is led by Artistic Director, Jenny Sealey MBE, who also co-directed the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
‘There are no limitations here, just glorious liberation.’
‘A beacon of the arts.’
‘The UK’s leading professional theatre company for disabled and deaf actors.’
‘Graeae rightly holds iconic status nationally and internationally for the innovation and quality of its work. It plays a vital part in the cultural life of this country.’
Ruth Mackenzie, Director of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad