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.
Use this section for details of our access policy, guidelines, Sight Lines film and services we offer.
You can also download Graeae’s Media Language Guide for advice on language and the social model of disability.Download Media Language Guide
Graeae is committed to inclusive working practice for the artists and staff with whom we work, and an accessible theatrical experience for our audiences.
We achieve this through collaboration and consultation with disabled artists and staff. For each project and working situation, we provide bespoke access solutions e.g. confirming wheelchair-accessible venues for productions and workshops, coordinating the provision of access support workers and British Sign Language interpreters, or arranging adaptive technology to facilitate the creative process.
Graeae is committed to pioneering and evolving the ‘aesthetics of access’, continually exploring new ways to weave in layers of accessibility and communication (such as BSL interpretation and audio description). The ‘aesthetics of access’ is now a recognised signature characteristic across Graeae productions.
Access is a basic right and requirement, a continually evolving methodology that enhances the theatrical and professional landscape; accessibility enables theatre practitioners and audiences to create, engage with and enjoy our work.Back to top ↑
This practical guide provides information on:
* Access support in the work environment
* Code of conduct when working with deaf or disabled people for the first time
* Common terminology (with advice on usage!)
* A list of formatted materials for our employees and audience membersDownload Access Support - A Graeae Guide Back to top ↑
Graeae is pleased to present Sight Lines, a 23-minute video that examines and demystifies access for blind and visually impaired actors.
Written and directed by Tim Gebbels, we follow blind and visually impaired actors through a day of rehearsal, highlighting options for access requirements – such as making the stage / working space accessible and providing access to written scripts.
Funded by the Arts Council England through Graeae’s VIP project, Sight Lines is not a definitive guide – but it provides basic information for inclusive practices.
The video is audio described and subtitled.
Click on the link above to watch.Back to top ↑
Graeae consults to a wide variety of organizations and individuals on access provision and access-related issues. We advise on access in relation to drama workshops and theatrical production, as well as employment-related issues such as Access to Work in the creative industries.Back to top ↑