CRIPtic: The Showcase

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A hit at Transpose at the Barbican, Jamie Hale’s searingly honest, incisive and deft poetry gripped audiences. Now they perform in and curate CRIPtic Pit Party, comprising a solo replete with hope, NOT DYING directed by Kate O’Donnell, and a mixed-bill of work by D/deaf and disabled artists directed by Shereen Hamilton and produced by Lucy Hayward.

In NOT DYING, Hale recounts their full-circle story of progressive disability – from the agony and gracelessness of imminent death to the jubilance and defiance of survival. Developed through the Barbican’s Open Lab programme, the showwas conceived as Hale underwent experimental medical treatment. Determined to confront and dismantle barriers often encountered by disabled people, this thought-provoking piece intertwines video and narrative.

The vibrant second-half showcase sees D/deaf and disabled artists, SignkidJackie HaganAmelia CavalloElle Chante and Katie WaltersDonna Williams  (Fri 11 Oct only) and Jessi Parrott (Sat 12 Oct only, directed by Crispin Lord) take to the stage. Revealing their own personal experiences of anger, fortitude and joy, performing short sets of music, dance and spoken word, each artist expands on the themes of NOT DYING. This Pit Party is a spirited, celebratory evening of voices rarely represented on stage and all performances are chilled performances.

The Barbican Centre has a changing places toilet, accessible audience seating, hearing loop, free parking for blue badge holders, and flat access front and backstage. The show will run for two nights, on the Friday there will be BSL interpretation and audio-description, while on the Saturday there will be captioning.

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