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. Applicants may have a track record of performance work at venues or online, but not have been showcased at a venue such as the Barbican Centre, or had major media opportunities. If your performance track record is only to your kitchen sink or your bedroom wall, don’t let that stop you applying. If you have a great idea, and you’ve got the skills to pull it off, a lack of experience is no barrier. 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 evidence that you’ve previously completed 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.

Wages are anticipated to be £700 for the full week of rehearsals, including two performances.

Furthermore, during the project and to support you to develop your work, we intend to pay £150/artist/month to attend a mentoring session and work on developing your piece, and £200 to perform/workshop your piece at the midway point. You will also be asked to attend free monthly workshops with industry-leading experts, and be offered specific free workshops and one-to-one sessions tailored to your needs as an artist, to support you in strengthening the skills you want to prioritise.

We have a budget to pay for access needs, including captioners, BSL interpreters, access workers, and potentially other small equipment costs. If you want to discuss this and your specific access costs further please email

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, neuro divergent 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 are now closed.