Graeae Theatre Company

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Graeae is a force for change – breaking down barriers, challenging preconceptions and boldly placing d/Deaf and disabled artists centre stage. Artistically led by Jenny Sealey, Graeae’s signature characteristic is the creative integration of sign language, captioning and audio description.

Graeae champions accessibility and provides platforms for a new generation of artists. In 2017, Graeae will be returning to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with Cosmic Scallies and touring its hit musical Reasons To Be Cheerful.

In the press

“From the second that the Graeae Theatre Company bestrode the opening ceremony with an incendiary rendition of Ian Dury’s Spasticus Autisticus, we learned that the Games would not shrink from disability but thrust it proudly and unabashedly in our faces."
The Telegraph (on the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony)

“Forceful, thrilling, stunning… consistently sensitive and thoughtful performances”
The Daily Telegraph (on The Solid Life of Sugar Water)



Creative Exchange Projects

Graeae is a disabled-led theatre company delivering work all over the world with international project partners and local artists to develop creative exchanges, all of which offer a profound learning experience. These bespoke projects aim to nurture new d/Deaf and disabled talent and develop capacity building within communities. Projects can also include the creation of a professional indoor or outdoor production.

Bespoke projects / productions available on request.

Current productions

Cosmic Scallies by Jackie Hagan

Cosmic Scallies is a sharp, timely and funny portrait of friendship and dependency which boldly navigates a world where poverty and benefits are commonplace. Written by award-winning disabled poet and stand-up comedian Jackie Hagan.

All performances include creative captioning and audio description.

Available from November 2017.

The Solid Life of Sugar Water by Jack Thorne

Candid, uninhibited and visceral, The Solid Life of Sugar Water by acclaimed British playwright Jack Thorne received unanimous acclaim at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival before transferring to the National Theatre, London.

All performances include creative captioning and audio description.

Available from Summer 2017.