The CRIPtic Programme

CRIPtic will be offering a mentoring and development programme and commissioning work from 4 emerging d/Deaf and disabled artists or small groups. These groups must be fewer than 4 people, but due to limitations of funding, smaller groups are more likely to be commissioned.


We are looking for artists at the point in their career where they’re ready for a major showcasing opportunity – but haven’t already had one. We expect you to have a track record of performance work at venues or online, but not to have been showcased at a venue such as the Barbican Centre, or had major media opportunities. This is because we’re keen to help build and nurture the next generation of d/Deaf and disabled theatremakers.


We don’t want a finished piece – we want a track record of successful work, and a strong idea for a fifteen to twenty minute piece, which you will develop across the course of the year. We are interested in any performance art-forms, including (but not limited to) movement and dance, singing and voicework, musical instruments, poetry, monologue, short plays, circus, and comedy – whether in spoken English or BSL. If you wished to perform in other languages, please get in touch.


You are expected to commit to attending a monthly (digital) mentoring session arranged with your mentor according to availability for which you will be paid, and monthly performance development workshops (for which you will not be paid, but which will be led by industry-leading artists), with other workshops – for example around making work accessible – organised according to availability. You are then expected to demonstrate your work in the online workshop (paid), and at the performance in the Barbican Centre (or online if needed) (paid).


We are committed to providing the access required, from BSL interpreters and live captions to access workers and technology if needed – so if you face any barriers in this, please get in touch and we’ll try to support you through them.


We are open to all d/Deaf and disabled people and are led by the social model of disability, and the cultural-linguistic model of Deafness. We include and welcome people with lived experience of the mental health system or mental illness / mental health problems or Mad people, neurodivergent people, learning disabled people or people with learning disabilities, people with chronic conditions, people with physical impairments, Deaf people and people using signed languages, and anyone else who faces access barriers in their day-to-day life.


Applications will open in January. We will want to know about who you are, and what your idea is, and will also want to see evidence of previous performances.