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.

Where did CRIPtic come from?

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 d/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.

If you want to know more about how we began, formed, and grew, why not read our story?

What does CRIPtic do?

Whether you’re a professional artist or someone starting a new hobby, CRIPtic aims to reach out to, support, and develop d/Deaf and disabled people in the arts – whether that’s by supporting people to access opportunities or working with the industry to change.

After all, wher do d/Deaf and disabled artists come from? Ultimately, from our communities. Every artist starts from somewhere. Our community events will nurture you – whether you’re the next star, or have no desire to be one.

When we say that the arts are for everyone, we mean that you don’t have to be ‘an artist’. You don’t even have to want to be one for the arts to benefit you. Central to the CRIPtic ethos is the fact that the arts are good for everyone. We want to offer a range of projects that are aimed at the community – development, but also fun.

Joining a disability arts community designed for people with bodies and/or minds like your own is so valuable. Where we will not treat your access needs as an ‘additional’, but as an ‘of course’. We work towards being a space able to meet everyone’s access requirement. Where that isn’t possible in one single space, we want to create and build as many spaces as possible, so there really is somewhere for everyone.

How do I get involved?

If you want to get involved, please visit our Get Involved page. For workshops, shows, and public events, see What’s On