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CRIPtic is a showcase of d/Deaf and disabled artists which took place at the Barbican Centre in 2019. CRIPtic is back bigger and better than even in 2021. 

We will be offering a training and development programme from March-October for 4 d/Deaf and disabled artists, culminating in a showcase at the Barbican Centre in October. 

During the training and development programme, artists will be paid to attend a monthly mentoring session, and will also be asked to attend monthly workshops led by industry-leading d/Deaf and disabled artists (which will be open to other d/Deaf and disabled artists as well). There will be an online showcase of the work in development in July.

We are looking to commission 4 artists or small groups (up to 4 people, but smaller groups are more likely to be commissioned) for the programme. In 2019, we had music and poetry (spoken and signed), monologues, comedy, and circus arts – and are interested in things that are new, innovative, and challenging. If you can do it on a stage, we’d like to know about it!

We will pay all necessary access costs, such as BSL interpreters and captioning.

In order to apply, there is a form to fill in. It will ask for details like your name and contact details and documentation of your previous work, and there will be three questions about your performance work, which you can answer in written English, or by video (including in BSL). 

Those questions are:

  • A bio (100 words or fewer, or a link to a two minute video) for each performer – this should tell us who you are, about the work you’ve done, and what you’re interested in
  • A pitch telling us your idea for a 15-20 minute performance  (600 words or fewer or a link to an eight minute video) – this should tell us what your idea is about, why you think it is radical, transformative, and important, how you would stage it in person, how you would stage it as a pre-recorded digital performance, and why CRIPtic would change your professional life (or lives). The video should be spoken or signed, and should not contain and performance footage or similar.
  • Anything else you would like us to know (up to 300 words, or a link to a four minute video)

If you have any questions, please email us at