What is meant by D/deaf and disabled?

When we say D/deaf and disabled, we are taking an expansive view of these as definitions. They should be considered as guidelines and not restrictions. We use an approach informed by the Social Model of Disability, meaning that while people have impairments they are disabled by access barriers. We would consider ‘impairments’ as covering neurodivergence, physical, cognitive and energy impairments, D/deafness and being hard of hearing, blindness and being partially sighted, mental illness and mental health problems, learning difficulties and learning disabilities, amongst others. We are looking for people who experience access barriers when trying to enter the arts world, whether those barriers come from the built environment or peoples’ attitudes.

How much experience do I need?

If you’re applying to perform and don’t have much experience that isn’t a problem. We will be selecting the showcase based on the applicants in front of us, and whether your video is you on stage at the Royal Festival Hall, or you in your bedroom, if your talent shines through that’s what matters.

If you’re applying for the technical roles, directing, or producing, more experience is necessary, but there might be the opportunity for someone with no experience to shadow one of the people employed in these roles in order to gain experience.

How big a commitment is it?

The main paid rehearsal period is the week beginning Monday 7th October 2019. There may be skype meetings and casual rehearsals prior to that, but the bulk of the work will be done during that period. If your access needs mean a more staggered rehearsal is more appropriate, we will try to accommodate this – Jamie has an energy impairment themself and understands that rehearsals can be taxing. However, the pay is based on 1 week of rehearsal and we will probably not be able to provide rehearsal space outside this time.

The timing and scheduling of rehearsals exactly will depend on the make-up and experience of the final performers, and we will do everything we can to take everyone’s access needs into account.

I can’t get to the Barbican, can I perform via video?

We will consider any applications to perform by sending video where a performer cannot attend in person. Performers considering this should apply through the performing route, and clarify in the access needs section that they are applying to perform via video.

Will this be paid?

We intend to pay everyone involved. We will be applying to Arts Council England for funding to pay artists, as well as funding via the Barbican. If we do not receive Arts Council England funding, the event will go ahead in a more scaled-down manner, and individual artists will be prioritised over groups, but performers will still be paid.

What types of performance are you looking for?

The performances will follow a solo show titled “Not Dying”, which tracks the process from coming to terms with dying to living as a disabled person in the world, so we’re looking for performers that explore the experience of living as a D/deaf and disabled person in the world from lots of angles. You might be a singer or a musician, a clown, a juggler, a slapstick artist or a comedian, a classical ballet dancer or a breakdancer, a poet – anything you can do on a stage is an option. If you’re not sure whether your act is appropriate, email cripticshowcase@gmail.com

How many people can be in each performance?

We are setting the maximum number of people in each performance as 5, with a maximum of 4 people on stage. This means that there can be up to 4 performers, plus non-performing creatives to make a maximum of 5 people.

The final decision on performers will take group size into account in order to have a balanced show. Depending on funding, we may have to prioritise solo performers and small groups over larger groups.

If your group is bigger than 5, please email
cripticshowcase@gmail.com (link) to discuss your application before applying.

The form is not accessible to me, can I apply any other way?

Yes. While the form is the most accessible way of receiving applications for us, we accept that it might not be the most accessible way of applying. You are able to apply in other ways, including video and audio applications. If you require this, please email us at cripticshowcase@gmail.com (link)

If you have any other questions, simply email
cripticshowcase@gmail.com (link)

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