In Autumn 2021, CRIPtic are bringing another showcase back to the Barbican centre. After a thorough search and a huge number of applications, we’ve filled it with incredible talent. Now, we are ready to announce the CRIPtic 2021 line-up as follows:

Creative Team

This is the back of an artist announcement card for Jamie Hale. The design is styled on an American baseball card. The card has a thin white border. At the top of the card, there is a thick black band with the artist name, Jamie, and a description of their role in CRIPtic, as Artistic Director. Below this, there is a black and white portrait photograph of Jamie. In it, Jamie has cropped hair, bleached blonde and longer on top. They have a round face and are wearing glasses and a black shirt. Their head is on their wheelchair headrest. They emerge from the bushes like a queer forest creature. Below the photo, there is a large black and white logo which reads CRIPtic.

Jamie Hale is a multi-award-winning artist and director, and is mentored by Nickie Miles-Wildin

Lata Nobes is an experienced director coming on board as Associate Director for the showcase

This is the back of an artist announcement card for Caitlin Richards. The design is styled on an American baseball card. The card has a thin white border. At the top of the card, there is a thick black band with the artist name, Caitlin, and a description of their role in CRIPtic, as co-producer & creative assistant. Below this, there is a black and white portrait photograph of Caitlin. In it, Caitlin is a white woman with long dark hair. She smiles in ¾ profile, against a wall and some greenery.. Below the photo, there is a large black and white logo which reads CRIPtic.

Caitlin Richards was co-producer and creative assistant to Jamie Hale until Sept 2021, with a career in arts facilitation

This is the back of an artist announcement card for Mik Scarlet. The design is styled on an American baseball card. The card has a thin white border. At the top of the card, there is a thick black band with the artist name, Mik, and a description of their role in CRIPtic, as Producer. Below this, there is a black and white portrait photograph of Mik. In it, Mik Scarlet is a white man with short blonde hair, a short blonde beard, and an excellent tan. He is wearing a blue blazer, and the backdrop is a white photography studio. Below the photo, there is a large black and white logo which reads CRIPtic.

Mik Scarlet is producer, and has three decades of experience in the arts and media


Performers

Our performance line-up contains the following artists:

This is the back of an artist announcement card for Oli Isaac. The design is styled on an American baseball card. The card has a thin white border. At the top of the card, there is a thick black band with the artist name, Oli, and a description of their role in CRIPtic, as Lead Artist. Below this, there is a black and white portrait photograph of Oli. In it, Oli - a white non-binary person - has bleached hair and is dressed in a light blue jumper that reads ‘kind human.’ Oli stands in the foreground next to a microphone that is hanging from the ceiling. They have a focused expression and their mouth is slightly open. Below the photo, there is a large black and white logo which reads CRIPtic.

Oli Isaac, with multidisciplinary art exploring the failures of language, is mentored by Robert Softley Gale

This is the back of an artist announcement card for Miss Jacqui. The design is styled on an American baseball card. The card has a thin white border. At the top of the card, there is a thick black band with the artist name, Miss Jacqui, and a description of their role in CRIPtic, as Lead Artist. Below this, there is a black and white portrait photograph of Miss Jacqui. Miss Jacqui is a Black woman with lots of curly hair. She is looking at the camera and is wearing a beige coloured top. She is seated outdoors surrounded by trees and plants. Below the photo, there is a large black and white logo which reads CRIPtic.

Miss Jacqui, a spoken-word artist and singer is telling stories, mentored by Mandy Colleran

This is the back of an artist announcement card for Alice. The design is styled on an American baseball card. The card has a thin white border. At the top of the card, there is a thick black band with the artist name, Alice, and a description of their role in CRIPtic, as Lead Artist. Below this, there is a black and white portrait photograph of Alice. A portrait photograph, Alice wears clear circle glasses, a purple and white striped T-shirt with her hair half up half down. Below the photo, there is a large black and white logo which reads CRIPtic.

Alice Christina-Corrigan, with a one-woman show, ‘Past Life’ exploring a break-up, is mentored by Amy Trigg

This is the back of an artist announcement card for Flawbored - an ensemble of three artists. The design is styled on an American baseball card. The card has a thin white border. At the top of the card, there is a thick black band with the ensemble name, Flawbored, and their names, Aarian Mehrabani, Chloe Palmer, and Samuel Brewer. Below this, there is a black and white portrait photograph of them. On the left is Aarian, a man with brown skin and black hair. He wears a dark denim jacket with a borg lining. Next to Aarian is Chloe, a white woman with blonde hair, wearing a white jumper with the word "Factory" on it. Next to Chloe is Samuel, a white man with a shaved head and stubble, wearing a pale t-shirt with is arms folded. Below the photo, there is a large black and white logo which reads CRIPtic.

FlawBored is made up of Aarian, Chloe and Samuel, and they are bringing devised ensemble comedy

This is the back of an artist announcement card for Tink Flaherty. The design is styled on an American baseball card. The card has a thin white border. At the top of the card, there is a thick black band with the artist name, Tink Flaherty, and a description of their role in CRIPtic, as YYY. Below this, there is a black and white portrait photograph of Tink Flaherty. In it Tink is looking away from the lens, it is a sunny day, early evening on a council estate in central London. They are wearing a crisp white shirt buttoned to the top and a denim jacket. They have blue eyes and a short mod haircut.. Below the photo, there is a large black and white logo which reads CRIPtic.

Tink Flaherty is creating a digital piece exploring neurodivergence and self-hitting

This is the back of an artist announcement card for Tom Ryalls. The design is styled on an American baseball card. The card has a thin white border. At the top of the card, there is a thick black band with the artist name, Tom Ryalls, and a description of their role in CRIPtic, as commissioned artist. Below this, there is a black and white portrait photograph of Tom Ryalls. In it, Tom is standing on stage, he is a caucasian boy with short-ish white hair. He is wearing round, plastic blue glasses and a black buttoned up polo shirt. Below the photo, there is a large black and white logo which reads CRIPtic.

Tom Ryalls is a theatre maker and performer creating a piece exploring self-care, ADHD, and capitalism

This is the back of an artist announcement card for MC Geezer. The design is styled on an American baseball card. The card has a thin white border. At the top of the card, there is a thick black band with the artist name, MC Geezer, and a description of their role in CRIPtic, as Lead Artist. Below this, there is a black and white portrait photograph of XXX. MC Geezer is a white man with short hair and a short beard. He is wearing black glasses and a red polo shirt, and is stood outside some buildings in Hackney. Below the photo, there is a large black and white logo which reads CRIPtic.

MC Geezer, a Deaf rapper and bassline producer will hype up the crowd mentored by Kris Halpin

This is the back of an artist announcement card for Troi “DJ Chinaman” Lee. The design is styled on an American baseball card. The card has a thin white border. At the top of the card, there is a thick black band with the artist name, Troi “DJ Chinaman” Lee, and a description of their role in CRIPtic, as collaborator. Below this, there is a black and white portrait photograph of Troi. In it Troi is standing on stage, behind a large set of decks, DJ-ing. He wears a black long sleeved top, black rectangular glasses and a pair of black headphones. He looks directly into the camera with a smile. Below the photo, there is a large black and white logo which reads CRIPtic.

Troi Lee, founder of Deaf Rave is collaborating with MC Geezer


Commissions and other artists

We have commissioned work from Rufus Isabel Elliott and Rylan Gleave as composers in residence

This is the back of an artist announcement card for Rufus Isabel Elliot. The design is styled on an American baseball card. The card has a thin white border. At the top of the card, there is a thick black band with the artist name, Rufus, and a description of their role in CRIPtic, as composer. Below this, there is a black and white portrait photograph of Rufus. In it musician Rufus Elliot is pictured playing its viola, focusing on something out of shot. It is wearing a black short sleeved shirt, with its short hair tied up at the back. Below the photo, there is a large black and white logo which reads CRIPtic.

Rufus Isabel Elliot

Rufus and Rylan are composing music for CRIPtic 2021

This is the back of an artist announcement card for Rylan Gleave. The design is styled on an American baseball card. The card has a thin white border. At the top of the card, there is a thick black band with the artist name, Rylan, and a description of their role in CRIPtic, as Composer. Below this, there is a black and white portrait photograph of Rylan. In it, Rylan is gazing softly into the distance as he stands against a black wall. He has wavy brown hair, with a centre parting and his fringe falling onto his face. He has a silver hoop in his left ear, and is wearing a black hoodie, with brown buttons around the collar. Below the photo, there is a large black and white logo which reads CRIPtic.

Rylan Gleave

Rufus and Rylan are composing music for CRIPtic 2021


This is the back of an artist announcement card for Sahera Khan. The design is styled on an American baseball card. The card has a thin white border. At the top of the card, there is a thick black band with the artist name, Sahera Khan, and a description of their role in CRIPtic, as digital performer. Below this, there is a black and white portrait photograph of Sahera. She has light brown skin and a round face. She is smiling a little, wearing black round glasses, a black turban and a khaki shirt. She looks forward kindly, and is wearing a dark, collared top. Below the photo, there is a large black and white logo which reads CRIPtic.

Sahera Khan is bringing a films of three BSL poems exploring and centering the Deaf experience

This is the back of an artist announcement card for Gold Akanbi The design is styled on an American baseball card. The card has a thin white border. At the top of the card, there is a thick black band with the artist name, Gold Akanbi, and a description of their role in CRIPtic, as digital performer. Below this, there is a black and white portrait photograph of Gold. Gold is sitting at a desk with a pained expression on their face, wearing a black top and has a brown afro. Below the photo, there is a large black and white logo which reads CRIPtic.

Gold Maria Akanbi is bringing an artificial intelligence and afro-futurist inspired multidisciplinary film

This is the second time we will be presenting a Pit Party at the Barbican Centre – and it comes with an entirely different line-up, and furthermore offers a full development programme for our lead artists 2021. With music to poetry, narrative to physical theatre, film to live art, there’s something in this for everyone. The Barbican will put tickets on sale in September – so until then, follow us on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with what’s going on.