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Graeae Theatre Company

Welcome to Graeae

Graeae is a force for change in world-class theatre, breaking down barriers, challenging preconceptions and boldly placing disabled artists centre stage.

Graeae champions accessibility and provides a platform for new generations of Deaf and disabled talent through the creation of trail-blazing theatre, at home and internationally.

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Blood Wedding
A blank dark cream background with a man and a woman in the foreground.  The woman is behind the man and has her arms around him. Both appear semi-dressed.
The Iron Man
Hogarth is to the left of the images, signing to the three farmers who stand in a line with two of them on top of metal barels
Promotion of Diversity 2012
Promotion of Diversity Award Winner 2012
Belonging - recently toured to Brazil
On a stage lit in blue light, four men hang and suspend from different aerial equipment. Three women are grouped towards the back of the stage gazing ahead of them.
The Threepenny Opera - toured 2014
A group or actors and musicians have just finished a musical number. Three actors are in the centre of the image with arms out stretched to the audience one of the men ins on the floor in a half split position. Around them the musicans pose with trumpets and saxophones. The men are dressed in smart clothes, two dressed as policemen. The women wear hot pans and high heels.
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In March and April 2015, Graeae, in co-production with Dundee Rep Ensemble and Derby Theatre, are touring across the UK a radical new adaptation of Lorca’s classic tragedy Blood Wedding.

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Write to Play

Write to Play is a bold new writing initiative committed to developing the skills and experience of Deaf and disabled writers.

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The award-winning Bradbury Studios are home to Graeae. We have a number of fully accessible spaces available to hire for rehearsals, meetings, workshops, conferences and social events.

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The Graeae myth

According to Greek legend, the three Graeae sisters shared an eye and a single tooth. When Perseus stole them, the sisters revealed how to kill the Medusa, but he broke his oath and threw away their life source.

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Graeae has a strong track record creating work for and with children and young people.

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Access is fundamental to Graeae’s work; we provide an inclusive working practice for artists and staff, and an accessible theatrical experience for our audiences.

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What people are saying

Watching this production is like being carried along in a protest march…it screams belligerence and does so with glee.

The Stage on The Threepenny Opera

Pioneering in the way it uses many different kinds of language – physical, spoken and sign – to create layers of meaning.

The Guardian on Belonging

Without a doubt, this play is one beautiful piece of British theatre that should not be missed.

EILE Magazine on Signs of a Diva