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Graeae Theatre Company

Graeae is a force for change in world-class theatre – breaking down barriers, challenging preconceptions and boldly placing deaf and disabled artists centre stage. Artistically led by Jenny Sealey, Graeae’s signature characteristic is the compelling creative integration of sign language 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. Graeae won the Promotion of Diversity Award at the TMA Theatre Awards UK 2012.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £561,147
  • 2013-2014: £574,053
  • 2014-2015: £588,979

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Belonging BSL flyer

Graeae and Circo Crescer e Viver present Belonging 15 - 19 April 2014 At Roundhouse as part of Circus Fest 2014

Belonging in rehearsals

Graeae and Circo Crescer e Viver present Belonging 15 - 19 April 2014 At Roundhouse, London As part of CircusFest 2014 http://www.graeae.org/productions/belonging/

The Threepenny Opera - extended trailer

Graeae Theatre Company, West Yorkshire Playhouse, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company and Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company present The Threepenny Opera By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill English translation of the dialogue by Robert David MacDonald. English translation of the lyrics by Jeremy Sams. Original German text based on Elisabeth Hauptmann's German Translation of John Gay's THE BEGGAR'S OPERA Tour dates: http://www.graeae.org/productions/the-threepenny-opera/

The Threepenny Opera

Audio described trailer coming soon The Threepenny Opera By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill English translation of the dialogue by Robert David MacDonald. English translation of the lyrics by Jeremy Sams. Original German text based on Elisabeth Hauptmann's German Translation of John Gay's THE BEGGAR'S OPERA

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A behind the scenes look at The Threepenny Opera Rehearsals

Meet the directors and some of the cast in this snippet from behind the scenes in rehearsals from earlier this year. The Threepenny Opera By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill English translation of the dialogue by Robert David MacDonald. English translation of the lyrics by Jeremy Sams. Original German text based on Elisabeth Hauptmann's German Translation of John Gay's THE BEGGAR'S OPERA

Nottingham Playhouse protest - Threepenny Opera Cast

Life imitating art as the cast of The Threepenny Opera join the protest against Nottingham County Council cuts

The Threepenny Opera BSL synopsis

The Threepenny Opera By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill Touring Dates: Nottingham Playhouse Dates:21 February -- 8 March Tickets: £8.50 -- £28.50 Tickets on sale now: http://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk New Wolsey Theatre Dates: 12 March -- 22 March Tickets: £8.50 -- £25.00 Tickets on sale now: http://www.wolseytheatre.co.uk Birmingham Repertory Theatre Dates: 27 March -12 April Tickets: £15.50 -- £27.50 Tickets on sale now: www.birmingham-rep.co.uk West Yorkshire Playhouse Dates: 24 April -- 10 May Tickets: From £12 Tickets on sale now: http://www.wyp.org.uk

The Threepenny Opera...Trailer

The Threepenny Opera By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill "An opera for beggars. Conceived with magnificence such as only beggars could imagine, and an economy such as only beggars could afford." For full tour details visit: http://www.graeae.org/productions/the-threepenny-opera/

Meet Mr & Mrs Peachum

Garry Robson and Victoria Oruwari introduce you to their characters - Mr and Mrs Peachum. They also treat you to a short rendition of a song you might just recognise.... Graeae Theatre Company, West Yorkshire Playhouse, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company and Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company present The Threepenny Opera By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill English translation of the dialogue by Robert David MacDonald. English translation of the lyrics by Jeremy Sams. Original German text based on Elisabeth Hauptmann's German translation of John Gay's The Beggar's Opera http://www.graeae.org/productions/the-threepenny-opera/ #3popera

Write to Play: Playwriting 101 introduction

Meet the Write to Play Writers on Day 1 of Playwriting 101. Here what they are most looking forward to about the year ahead. Getting to know the writers: http://graeaetheatrecompany.wordpress.com/2013/11/28/getting-to-know-the-write-to-play-writers/ www.graeae.org Music: Sensitive by Gurdonark http://ccmixter.org/content/gurdonark/gurdonark_-_Sensitive.mp3

Graeae Showreel

Graeae is a force for change in world-class theatre- breaking down barriers, challenging preconceptions and boldly placing Deaf and disabled artists centre stage. Find out more about Graeae www.graeae.org Diary of an Action Man by Mike Kenny Bent by Martin Sherman Blasted by Sarah Kane Signs of a Star Shaped Diva by Nona Shepphard The Garden by Alex Bulmer The Limbless Knight - A Tale of Rights Reignited The Iron Man by Ted Hughes adapted by Paul Sirett Against the Tide by Alex Bulmer Reasons to be Cheerful by Paul Sirett Audio described version coming soon. Edited by Ted Evans http://www.tedevans.co.uk/

The Limbless Knight - BSL synopsis

BSL translation provided by Graeae's unique partnership with CommunityID and Signamic. Signer Stuart Anderson.

Audio description: The Limbless Knight - A Tale of Rights Reignited

Creative Team: Director Jenny Sealey Designer Sofie Layton Composer Lewis Gibson Choreographers Tina Carter, Grant Mouldey Cast: Lyndsay Adams, Stephen Bunce, Jeni Draper, Steven Gill, Sean Gittens, Cassie Harris, Ailsa Ilott, Milton Lopes, Chisato Minamimura, Tiiu Mortley, Sophie Partridge, Patrick Povis, Jez Scarratt, Matthew Woollard BSL Interpreters: Jeni Draper, Vikki Gee Dare, Ali Pottinger, Jim Dunne. Graeae presents The Limbless Knight -- A Tale of Rights Reignited In association with Strange Fruit Commissioned by GDIF Films are in black and white or colour. This film is in grey. These are the grey stories that need to be told. In this immersive theatre experience you are invited to play extras in a film where nothing is as it seems. Tensions are high as our human rights are on the verge of being rewritten which sparks passion, protest and a call to arms. Will a new sacrifice have to be made? Who will put themselves forward? This new aerial and sway pole outdoor production features performers from the London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony and has all the Graeae aesthetics of sign language and audio description embedded within the narrative.

The Limbless Knight - A Tale of Rights Reignited

Creative Team: Director Jenny Sealey Designer Sofie Layton Composer Lewis Gibson Choreographers Tina Carter, Grant Mouldey Cast: Lyndsay Adams, Stephen Bunce, Jeni Draper, Steven Gill, Sean Gittens, Cassie Harris, Ailsa Ilott, Milton Lopes, Chisato Minamimura, Tiiu Mortley, Sophie Partridge, Patrick Povis, Jez Scarratt, Matthew Woollard BSL Interpreters: Jeni Draper, Vikki Gee Dare, Ali Pottinger, Jim Dunne. Graeae presents The Limbless Knight -- A Tale of Rights Reignited In association with Strange Fruit Commissioned by GDIF Films are in black and white or colour. This film is in grey. These are the grey stories that need to be told. In this immersive theatre experience you are invited to play extras in a film where nothing is as it seems. Tensions are high as our human rights are on the verge of being rewritten which sparks passion, protest and a call to arms. Will a new sacrifice have to be made? Who will put themselves forward? This new aerial and sway pole outdoor production features performers from the London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony and has all the Graeae aesthetics of sign language and audio description embedded within the narrative. www.graeae.org

The Iron Man in rehearsal

Graeae presents The Iron Man By Ted Hughes adapted for Graeae by Paul Sirett The unexpected arrival of the towering Iron Man casts a shadow of fear across a small farm community. But when an enormous dragon from outer-space threatens to annihilate the planet, it is the Iron Man who comes to the rescue. Ted Hughes' classic modern fable is brought to life through a colossal iron puppet, live and recorded soundscapes and a compelling mix of words, sign language and audio description. A talented cast of Deaf and disabled actors and musicians come together under the direction of Jenny Sealey and Amit Sharma to re-create one of the greatest modern-day fables in an adaptation which spans generations and leaves audiences enthralled. Winner of the Latest 7 Award for Best Children's Show at The Brighton Festival 2011 and three NNFEST Children Choice Awards, at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2011. All performances incorporate audio description and BSL interpretation. Originally commissioned by Without Walls and Greenwich+Docklands International Festival Photography and editing - Alison Baskerville http://www.alisonbaskerville.co.uk/

Meet the cast: The Limbless Knight- A Tale of Rights Reignited

Graeae and GDIF present The Limbless Knight - A Tale of Rights Reignited In association with Strange Fruit Friday 21 -- Sunday 23 June 2013 Times: Friday 2pm & 7.45pm, Saturday 2.15pm & 6.40pm, Sunday 1pm & 4pm Greenwich + Docklands International Festival Island Gardens, Saunders Ness Road, Tower Hamlets, London E14 Directed by Jenny Sealey Design by Sofie Layton Music and Sound Design by Lewis Gibson Aerial Choreographers Tina Carter and Grant Mouldey Press Release Commissioned by: GDIF Produced by: Graeae Funded by: City Bridge Trust, Tower Hamlets Council, The Big Lottery, Royal Victoria Hall Foundation, Arts Council England Supported by: Circus Space Music: Silence Await by cdk http://dig.ccmixter.org/music_for_film_and_video?dig-lic=safe www.graeae.org

Graeae presents The Iron Man

Following a hugely successful tour in 2011 The Iron Man returns to crunch and clank his way around the UK's cultural festivals this summer. See below for tour dates, with more festivals to be announced soon. The unexpected arrival of the towering Iron Man casts a shadow of fear across a small farm community. But when an enormous dragon from outer-space threatens to annihilate the planet, it is the Iron Man who comes to the rescue. Ted Hughes' classic modern fable is brought to life through a colossal iron puppet, live and recorded soundscapes and a compelling mix of words, sign language and audio description. A talented cast of Deaf and disabled actors and musicians come together under the direction of Jenny Sealey and Amit Sharma to re-create one of the greatest modern-day fables in an adaptation which spans generations and leaves audiences enthralled. Winner of the Latest 7 Award for Best Children's Show at The Brighton Festival 2011 and three NNFEST Children Choice Awards, at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2011. All performances incorporate audio description and BSL interpretation. Originally commissioned by Without Walls and Greenwich+Docklands International Festival Visit www.graeae.org for full tour details. Edited by Ted Evans

Graeae's Rhinestone Rollers present Sequins and Snowballs- AD version

Graeae's Rhinestone Rollers performed Sequins and Snowballs at the Southbank Centre on 15 Dec 2012. For more information visit www.graeae.org Directed by Jenny Sealey and Amit Sharma Choreographed by Mark Smith Design by Sofie Layton Audio Described version

Graeae's Rhinestone Rollers present Sequins and Snowballs.mp4

Graeae's Rhinestone Rollers performed Sequins and Snowballs at the Southbank Centre on 15 Dec 2012. For more information visit www.graeae.org Directed by Jenny Sealey and Amit Sharma Choreographed by Mark Smith Design by Sofie Layton

IF I COULD FLY AD version

Circus Space training at GRAEAE: Audio described version

Meet the Prometheus Awakes Volunteers

We thank all of the volunteers that participated in Prometheus Awakes at GDIF, some of whom appear in this video to talk about their experiences. Graeae and La Fura dels Baus present Prometheus Awakes Co-commissioned by GDIF and SIRF GDIF 22 June 2012 10pm SIRF 2 August 2012 10pm Images: Patrick Baldwin www.graeae.org

Prometheus Awakes

Graeae and La Fura dels Baus present Prometheus Awakes Co-commissioned by GDIF and SIRF GDIF 22 June 2012 10pm SIRF 2 August 2012 10pm Film footage supplied by Jon Klein, KeikoYamazaki and Charlie Productions Edited by Michael Achtman Audio Description - Miranda Yates graeae.org

Prometheus Awakes- with Audio Description

Graeae and La Fura dels Baus present Prometheus Awakes Co-commissioned by GDIF and SIRF GDIF 22 June 2012 10pm SIRF 2 August 2012 10pm Film footage supplied by Jon Klein, KeikoYamazaki and Charlie Productions Edited by Michael Achtman Audio Description- Miranda Yates www.graeae.org

Reasons To be Cheerful Voxpops

Some audience reactions to Reasons to be Cheerful by Paul Sirett with music by Ian Dury and The Blockheads. These audiences were from previews at New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich.

If I Could Fly

Short documentary following Graeae's CPD programme participants as they learn and perform circus skills at Circus Space Filmed by Ted Evans & Bim Ajadi Edited and Directed by Ted Evans

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