Graeae has a strong track record creating work for and with children and young people. We believe in a universal entitlement to engage with the arts – as creators, participants and audiences.
Each year we present a diverse, inclusive outreach and workshop programme led by our artists in collaboration with strategic partners.
Graeae is committed to a programme of widening participation within formal and informal education from primary schools through to higher education.
We are developing a pool of deaf and disabled workshop leaders to deliver extensive outreach programmes, which run alongside touring productions and as stand-alone workshops and residencies. Over the past year, we have delivered over 100 workshops to more than 1,200 participants across the UK, ranging from residencies at organisations like Penn Hall School in Wolverhampton and The Orpheus Centre in Surrey, to theme-based workshops in London-based schools (for example Camden Community School, Linden Lodge, Oaklodge and George Green School), to ‘aesthetics of access’ workshops at distinguished, industry-focused institutions such as Mountview Drama School and Central School of Speech and Drama.
Graeae is committed to creating an environment where everyone has equal access to the arts: by providing access support for all creative and learning situations; by empowering young disabled artists to pursue a career in the arts through inspiring role models; and by exploring the “aesthetics of access”.
By doing this, we hope to nurture creative platforms for a wide range of performers and develop future audiences.
Our training and consultancy programmes include:
* Continuing Professional Development for disabled artists
* Specialist workshops in inclusive teaching, rehearsal techniques, creative access and workshop facilitation for directors, casting directors, producers, youth theatre and workshop leaders
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This year in association with the Circus Space, Gravity & Levity will run two, week long aerial intensives in the Creation Studio at the Circus Space.
Session 1, will be for deaf and disabled artists who participated in the Paralympic ceremonies and completed the 8 week intensive aerial training last year. – ‘Extending your aerial practise’.
Session 2, will be for participants who didn’t do the aerial training last year but would love to either try out for the first time or improve on their existing aerial skills – ‘Introduction to aerial’.
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In brief: Session 1 will run every morning from 9am – 1.45 and session 2 will run every afternoon from 2 until 7pm with daily classes in trapeze and fabric/cocoon techniques, creative exercises and injury prevention and conditioning.
Please note you must be available to attend the full 5 day intensive , there are no drop – in classes.
What people say
About our training…
“When I became a professional actor, some years ago, I was told that getting into radio drama was impossible without having influential friends at the BBC. This is not now the case, and this workshop was an ideal opportunity to see how radio drama is recorded at Broadcasting House, to be advised how to use a radio microphone, and to actually be heard by two Radio Producers/Directors…”
“It made me think and evaluate my own working practices…and also working out how access can make my work more theatrical.”
“I hope it will have a huge impact on my work and my approach to casting. I do think, however, that it goes wider than just the director. Our job is to get casting directors, theatres and producers on board.”
About our outreach…
“Thank you again for delivering a fantastic workshop, it was brilliant. It was a whole new way of working for the group, and it worked really well, with great results…”
RTBC outreach programme 2012
“Our young people enjoyed the experience of meeting Deaf role models. They were extremely willing to participate and felt confident doing so because the adults leading the workshop were all using sign language.”
The Iron Man Outreach 2011
“In this workshop, you have achieved in a few hours what we have been trying to do for years.”
The Iron Man Outreach 2011
“As a school, our experience has only resulted in positive outcomes. Young people thoroughly enjoyed the active roles, thus stimulating their creativity and thinking.”
Urban Access Outreach 2011
“By seeing the show afterwards made us pay attention to things we may have missed if we hadn’t been to the workshop …. as a group, it was the first workshop we went to together, so everyone else will now have to live up to our Graeae experience.”
Reasons to be Cheerful Outreach 2010
“I learnt how important access is in modern theatre and how dedicated the company is. The most useful was Sign Language and keeping things simple and clear. I would now feel confident in attempting to produce work for disabled audiences. I just thought it was a fantastic experience and opportunity.”
Signs of a Star Shaped Diva Tour 2010
Scene Change and Into the Scene
Scene Change and Into the Scene, in partnership with a number of drama schools including Mountview, Rose Bruford, ALRA, Central School of Speech & Drama. Delivering skills-based workshops to aspiring disabled actors, looking at how the curriculum, teaching and assessment of theatre arts training can be made accessible to all students.
A Teachers’ Handbook and DVD – a detailed guide to inclusive teaching practice marking the legacy of learning from Missing Piece, Scene Change and Into the Scene.
This ACE funded film written and directed by Tim Gebbels examines and demystifies the practice of providing access for blind and visually impaired actors. The DVD is not meant as a definitive guide but we hope it will provide basic information and help to develop inclusive casting. You can order one by contacting the Graeae office here.
Acting and Auditioning – A practical guide
As part of Graeae’s 2009-2012 Continuing Professional Development Programme Graeae has been working with casting agent Sarah Hughes to launch a new online guide for actors who are seeking training and work in theatre,film and TV.
In Acting and Auditioning – A practical guide, Sarah and Graeae offer professional advise for actors including: accessing quality training; tailoring a CV; seeking out casting agents and preparation for theatre, film and TV auditions.
Download your copy of the guide below, or contact training [at] graeae.org to request alternative formats.Download A guide to inclusive teaching practices Download Acting and Auditioning - A practical guide Download Acting and Auditioning - A practical guide LARGE PRINT Download Acting and Auditioning - A practical gude TEXT ONLY Back to top ↑