A showcase of D/deaf and disabled artists curated by Jamie Hale is coming to the Barbican in October 2019, and applications to work and perform open soon.

Poet and performer Jamie Hale is casting for an evening performance, coming up in the Pit at the Barbican on the 11th and 12th of October 2019. CRIPtic will feature four to six D/deaf and disabled artists, alongside the premiere of Jamie Hale’s debut show, NOT DYING.

NOT DYING is a work of poetry and narrative storytelling, exploring living with the presence of dying, and existing as a disabled person in the world. With comedy, tragedy, grief, joy, and soaring defiance, Jamie tackles topics from sex to assisted suicide with courage and frankness. The show asks questions on everyone’s mind – how can I live my best life, making the world a better place in the limited time offered to me. NOT DYING will be directed by Kate O’Donnell.

The showcase Jamie is curating will profile 4-6 emerging and emerged solo and group sets. Jamie is looking to select acts that explore what it means to exist in the world as a D/deaf or disabled person themed around anger, resilience, and joy. They are seeking innovative and creative work from a range of disabled artists. Jamie is also looking to hire a backstage crew of disabled creatives, from lighting designers to directors, choreographers to photographers.

Work from this show has been described as “writing of the highest quality, finding fresh language and new approaches to evoke […] the blend of defiance and acceptance that the writer has developed in the face of impairment and gender dysphoria.” – Tim Hochstrasser, Plays to See

Applications to perform and work on CRIPtic open on Friday the 1 st of February and close on Sunday the 17th of March. More information can be found on the website www.cripticshowcase.com or email perform@cripticshowcase.com

Jamie Hale can be reached at www.jamiehale.co.uk, @jamierhale on Twitter, and at hale.jamie.r@gmail.com

Tickets for CRIPtic Pit Party – Jamie Hale will go on sale in Spring