CRIPtic – The Show

After a long summer of hard work, the announcement you’ve all been waiting for – who has been selected to perform at CRIPtic 2019.

From an open application process with 100+ contenders for creative and team roles to 15 interviews, the final creative team and performers are now being announced. The quality of the applications was outstanding, and the decision was very difficult, with the final line-up coming down to the challenge of balancing artforms, topics and styles, but we’ve got some great artists and creatives to show you.

Curator (and performer NOT DYING): Jamie Hale
Jamie Hale is a part-human part-cyborg poet//performer whose creative work narrates the agency and urgency of living as a disabled person in the world. They are an experienced performer at venues including the Tate Modern, Barbican Centre, and Lyric Hammersmith. Jamie is bringing their interest in the explosive potential of disability arts to CRIPtic, which they are curating. CRIPtic contains Jamie’s own solo show, NOT DYING, which was written whilst undergoing experimental medical treatment and developed through the Barbican OpenLab residency scheme. It opens facing mortality and threatening death, before focusing on their battle to exist in the world on their own terms, as a disabled person. Through inviting the audience into their pain, they challenge them to consider their position in a system that has constructed a world hostile to the idea of disabled people demanding ramps, independence, and to be the agents of their own lives, politically, personally, and sexually. 

Director: Shereen Hamilton
Shereen is a dedicated and versatile creative practitioner, not only with an excellent academic background in the arts but also an outstanding attitude to work, growth and inspiring a younger generation into theatre. Alongside her BA and MA, Shereen has worked as an actor, director, facilitator, stage manager, creative producer and many more. Her area of work centres around intersectional identity, current and historical politics, education and diversifying the theatre as seen on our London stages. Shereen has recently trained in directing and facilitation with Talawa on Creating Routes 2018-2019 and undergone the Making Theatre with Young Peoples course with Company Three. Shereen’s recent directing credits include; Assistant Directing seven methods of killing kylie jenner at the Royal Court and Co – Directing and producing Bitchcraft at Tristan Bates Theatre. 

Creative Producer: Lucy Hayward
Lucy C Hayward is a playwright and producer director who creates work which is accessible for blind and visually impaired audiences by using integrated access rather than relying on audio description. She is currently associate artist at Birmingham Old Rep and completing a Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme placement with Talking Birds Theatre. She has developed her writing through the National Theatre, First Bite Festival, DaDa Fest, OJS Open Doors, International Womens Day and Brighton Fringe where she was shortlisted for best new play.

Following my solo show, NOT DYING (directed by the award-winning Kate O’Donnell), we have (in no particular order):

SignkidThe Visual Experience
Signkid is a Deaf music producer, writer, and performer. He signs into an adapted British Sign Language, as a visually-based language ideal for hiphop, urban and rap music. SignKid has performed at festivals including Deaf Rave, Wireless and Latitude.

Jackie HaganThis Is Not A Safe Space (condensed)
Jackie Hagan is a self-described council estate queer with one leg. A playwright, stand-up comedian, poet, theatre-maker and activist, she is also a Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellow who has received the Saboteur ‘Best Spoken Word Show’ twice. Jackie will be performing a condensed version of her award-winning show ‘This is Not a Safe Space’ in which she interviewed 80 people on disability benefits. Expect angry poetry about being the undeserving poor, bedsit avant-garde advice, some stump action, and a kick and a cuddle in the heart. This was described by The Guardian as “Very Funny” and The Stage as “Politically Urgent”.

Amelia Cavallo – Tito Bone
Amelia Cavallo, AKA Tito Bone is a blind performer with experience in theatre, burlesque, aerial circus, music and drag. Their work explores intersections of identity, which for them means looking at how being a queer, disabled femme with a big smile and a dirty mind can create art that is unique, provocative and enjoyable. When Amelia isn’t on stage, flying through the air or behind a musical instrument, they can be found working towards a PhD in critical theory. They are co-founder of Quiplash, an LGBTQQIA disabled-led theatre company.

Elle Chante and Katie Walters – Seasick
Chronic illness can be a frightening and lonely experience. But nobody can ever be truly alone. ‘Seasick’ is an interdisciplinary piece of theatre from Radical Body, the collaboration between chronically ill artists Katie Walters and Elle Chante. Combining performance poetry, dance and music, ‘Seasick’ tells the story of a chronically ill woman exploring her connection to nature and her disability. An exploration of what it means to be sick, it examines how close communion with the natural world can help us to understand our bodies and their afflictions.

Donna Williams –Bilingually Splendid Lexicadventures – BSL/English poetry (11th Oct only)
Donna Williams is a deaf poet working in English and British Sign Language. Working with such different languages has inspired a deep interest in translation and how her work can be made accessible to both signing and non-signing audiences. She has performed around the UK including at the Edinburgh Fringe and the Albert Hall, as well as in America and Brazil. Several of her poems have been published, most recently in Stairs and Whispers, an anthology by deaf and disabled poets and issue 69 of Magma magazine. Her poems cover many themes, from bilingualism to identity, to her beloved cats. 

Jessi Parrott (directed by Crispin Lord) –PREPARE IT (MY BODY) (excerpt, 12th Oct only)
PREPARE IT, MY BODY is a play that works at the intersection of queer and disabled identity. Conceived by Crispin Lord and Jessi Parrott, it uses a mixture of spoken text, music, sculpture and technology to explore the impact of Jessi’s teenage trauma on her development of a sense of self as a bisexual woman and wheelchair-user. In this series of fragmented vignettes, the perpetrators are stripped of their human form; deconstructed and transformed into an array of animations and video pieces. But in confronting them, Jessi remains herself.

There will also be original composition by Lucy Hale and film by Samuel Dore. Jamie Hale will be accompanied on piano by Stephan Ellenberger.

To read more about the performers at CRIPtic, please see ‘The Artists’ (link).
To read about the creative team behind CRIPtic, please see ‘The Team’ (link)