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Graeae Theatre Company

Welcome to Graeae

Graeae is a force for change in world-class theatre, breaking down barriers, challenging preconceptions and boldly placing disabled artists centre stage.

Graeae champions accessibility and provides a platform for new generations of Deaf and disabled talent through the creation of trail-blazing theatre, at home and internationally.

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Help support a second year of the Ensemble programme
A group shot of the year 1 Ensemble
The House of Bernarda Alba
A woman with a veil over her face looks into a hand-held mirror she's holding, showing a group of 5 women in funeral clothes behind her.
Write to Play - major investment in new writing programme
Write to Play
London 2012 Paralympics: 4 years on
Nickie Wildin sitting in a wheelchair, suspended on cables above the Olympic Stadium
The Solid Life of Sugar Water - National tour 2016
The profile of a mans face, with water dripping off him
Act of Memory
Act of Memory

Reframing the Myth - weekly podcasts

Over the next few months, we will be releasing a weekly podcast, each of which will offer insight into how artists and illustrators worked together on the recent exhibition, as well as providing audio description for each work of art.


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Please support Ensemble year 2

You can help secure the future for young Deaf & disabled artists by making a donation to our Ensemble Crowdfunding campaign. In return, you’ll get a beautiful postcard pack and/or signed print from our exhibition Reframing the Myth.


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The House of Bernarda Alba

In February 2017, we’re co-producing Lorca’s masterpiece The House of Bernarda Alba with Royal Exchange Manchester. Internationally acclaimed award-winning actress Kathryn Hunter takes on the title role.


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The award-winning Bradbury Studios are home to Graeae. We have a number of fully accessible spaces available to hire for rehearsals, meetings, workshops, conferences and social events.



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Write to Play year 4: the writers

We’re delighted to announce our six Write to Play year four writers, who over the next year will be working with us and Midlands partners Curve Leicester, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Belgrade Theatre Coventry to develop a full length play.

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The Graeae Myth

Graeae (pronounced grey-eye) takes its name from the Greek myth, where the three Graeae sisters shared between them a single eye and tooth. Illustration of the sisters above was a specially commissioned piece by our patron Sir Peter Blake.

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Latest Updates from Graeae

What people are saying

Watching this version of Blood Wedding – and version it most definitely is – I was struck by the realisation that Graeae are pretty much the blueprint for what I wish Mainstream British Theatre was like.

Andrew Haydon, Postcards from the Gods

Forceful, thrilling, stunning…consistently sensitive and thoughtful performances.

The Daily Telegraph on The Solid Life of Sugar Water

Jack Thorne’s multi-layered two-hander for Graeae – about a couple grieving for their stillborn child – has no happy ever after, but is rewarding to watch…Amit Sharma’s spot-on production.

The Guardian on The Solid Life of Sugar Water

Startlingly good…unflinching but generous.

The Times on The Solid Life of Sugar Water


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