Call for performers

Applications to perform at CRIPtic are now formally closed – thank you all for your incredible applications! If you were unable to apply before they closed, but are interested in performing at CRIPtic, please email and we’ll see what we can do.


CRIPtic is a showcase of D/deaf and disabled artists at the Barbican Centre, Friday the 11th and Saturday the 12th October 2019. It is being curated by Jamie Hale, and will be accompanied by their solo show NOT DYING.

We are now looking for pitches for performance ideas for the showcase. We will be casting 4-5 acts (whether solo or group), each doing approximately 15 minutes, with the potential to go slightly over or under, depending on the act.

The overriding theme of NOT DYING is the anger, resilience and joy of living as D/deaf and disabled in the world, and the acts chosen will complement that theme in their own way.

Any performer and performance will be considered, experience isn’t necessary – talent is.

Similarly, any art form will be considered – so whether you’re a dancer, poet, storyteller, comedian, actor, singer or musicial – or something else entirely, a clown, a magician, a gymnast, if it can be done for an audience on a stage, apply.

If you cannot attend in person for access reasons but create audio or video arts, please apply through this form, and state that you would not be able to physically attend in the access needs section.

Groups are a maximum of 5, with a maximum of 4 on stage. If your performance has its own choreographer, coach, director etc, that’s fine, as long as your team isn’t bigger than 5 people. If you’re on your own, that’s also completely fine.

If you have any questions, please email perform@cripticshowcase.comT

Applications are open until Sunday the 17th March 2019

People shortlisted for interview will be contacted by Sunday the 14th April 2019

The line-up will be confirmed by Sunday the 14th July 2019

Rehearsals will be from Monday 7th to Saturday 12th Oct with performances on Friday the 11th and Saturday the 12th Oct

Tickets for CRIPtic go on sale in Spring. To be the first to hear, why not join our email list (link), and follow us on Twitter (link) and Facebook (link).

You can also follow Jamie Hale’s progress with NOT DYING on their Twitter (link) and Facebook (link).

Sign up for email updates on the Barbican ticketing here (link). You can also join their Access Membership scheme for disabled people (link), and their Young Barbican Membership scheme for 14-25s (link).