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Solar Bear break new ground with a production of Caryl Churchill’s ‘Love and Information’

                         A new touring production of Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information is an excellent showcase for its young cast from the UK’s only performance degree for D/deaf actors at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, in collaboration with leading Scottish company Solar Bear. Review by Paul F […]

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Jo Lewis on #sugarwater

In 2016 Graeae Theatre Company took their production of  The Solid Life of Sugar Water to the National Theatre. Paul F Cockburn speaks with the filmmaker Jo Lewis who documented what happened. #sugarwater, a film documentary following Graeae’s arrival at the National Theatre, was a very personal project for the award-winning writer, director and producer […]

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The Aesthetics of Access

Arts and equalities journalist Paul F Cockburn asks how the consideration of accessibility has influenced the aesthetics of disability theatre and performance. Necessity, according to the old proverb, is the mother of invention—and performance is no exception. Soon after Jenny Sealey MBE become Artistic Director of Graeae Theatre Company in 1997, she faced a significant […]

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Claire Cunningam on ‘The Way You Look (At Me) Tonight’

How do we look at each other? How do we allow ourselves to be seen? How do our bodies shape the ways we perceive the world around us? These are some of the questions raised by a new work by acclaimed Scottish disabled artist Claire Cunningham, who will be performing – for the first time […]

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Punk poet Rowan James gears up for his Edinburgh debut

Accessible Edinburgh Fringe?

Every August the world’s performers and entertainers flock to Scotland’s capital. Paul F Cockburn asks just how easy is it for disabled artists and audiences to get the most out of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe? Given that it’s been running every year for nigh-on seven decades, it’s hardly surprising that the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has […]

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Lea Cummings (Review)

Given the rumbustious, often destructive (and usually site-specific) nature of much of ‘transcendental noise artist’ Lea Cumming’s work, it’s hardly surprising that he has not enjoyed the level of critical exposure which tends to accompany gallery-based public exhibitions. This first solo exhibition in Glasgow’s Project Ability Gallery is, therefore, significant even though it only gives […]

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Natalie McDonald (far left), Amy Conachan, Jenny Sealey and Miles Mitchell in rehearsal. Photo by Ross Fraser Mclean

Blood Wedding

Graeae’s Artistic Director Jenny Sealey talks to Paul F Cockburn about her company’s new co-production with Dundee Rep Ensemble and Derby Theatre, setting Lorca’s classic Spanish Play in the city. Blood Wedding is an acclaimed tragedy by the Spanish dramatist Federico García Lorca. First performed in 1933, it focuses on the troubled inter-family feuds reawakened […]

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