CRIPtic is a disability arts hub. We build communities, empower individuals, and develop d/Deaf and disabled artists, through the creative arts. We’ve offered everything from postal workshops for older people, online retreats for deaf and disabled artists, and our performance showcase. Everything is by, and for, the community.

Being led by d/Deaf and disabled people is central to our work. We work in every field across theatre, art, writing, and movement, and we are always expanding in new directions. We’re led by deaf and disabled people, so we’re able to put creative and integrated access at the heart of the work we do.

Who are CRIPtic?

Led by Jamie Hale, CRIPtic celebrates, showcases, and works with d/Deaf and disabled people. As our work is project based, our team varies but have a look at our past work, our 2020 project, Experimental! with Spread the Word, or the incredible line-up leading workshops and reading at the CRIPtic x Spread the Word bimonthly d/Deaf and disabled writers’ salon.

What’s our story?

CRIPtic began life in 2019 as CRIPtic Showcase at the Barbican Centre. It was curated by Jamie Hale, and contained their solo show, NOT DYING. We made CRIPtic 2019 a huge success, selling out on opening night and netting excellent reviews, and therefore the Barbican invited us back in 2021.

In 2021 we decided it was time to expand. We sought ACE funding and grew. We went from a single event to an intensive development programme. After an incredibly competitive application process we chose 5 artists – and then went further. Clearly the demand was there and the talent was there. We started to develop a series of workshops for performers and theatre creatives. 

After that we paired with Spread the Word to set up a bimonthly online salon for d/Deaf and disabled writers, with a workshop, a reading, and an open mic space, fully BSL interpreted. Thanks to Arts Council England, we also worked with them on an online retreat for deaf and disabled writers. This is is a sequel to last year’s Experimental!. This will explore the barriers faced by deaf and disabled people in accessing literature. 

Our performance-based projects for artists are important. However, what’s truly crucial is the work we do to build communities of d/Deaf and disabled people, and therefore how we use the arts to change and develop. We want to be there for everyone, from late-career and established artists to new beginners.

How do I get involved?

If you want to get involved, please visit our Get Involved page. We will post any calls for work, upcoming workshops, events, and other opportunities there. See What’s On to read about our next shows.