Sam Brewer & Aarian Mehrabani (Sam, a white man with closely shaved blonde hair wears a pink and yellow floral blazer and grasps a very resolute Aarian. Aarian is a Middle Eastern man with slim build, clean shaven with short jet black quiffed hair. He is wearing a yellow jumper and denim dungarees).


For creatives who are ready to break into the mainstream. 

We are delighted to be launching our Breakthrough development programme once more for 2024. 

Breakthrough BSL

What is Breakthrough?

Breakthrough is a 1 year commission for disabled UK creatives or companies who are ready to break into the mainstream. 

We are looking to commission 2 creatives/companies to produce a sample of professional quality work to be distributed by CRIPtic. This can be anything from a 5-minute scene from a play, a song, a lighting portfolio, or a short video – we want to nurture your creativity and support you in creating something that showcases the absolute best you can achieve. 

Over 1 year, chosen creatives/companies will be paid £6,000 to fund their time and costs to develop a commission, and attend support and development sessions. They will receive a further budget for 6 sessions with industry mentors of their choice. At the end of Breakthrough, they will have a calling card to showcase their potential.

Learn More

Please read our FAQs below which contain more information about the programme, and what we’re looking for from applications.


To apply to become a 2024 Incubate Member please fill in our application form and Diversity & Monitoring form by 5pm on 5 January 2024.

You can also submit an audio-file in spoken English or BSL of a maximum of 7 minutes, or download and send the questions as a word document to Please find the word versions of these documents below:

If you need access support to input answers into the form we can help out – just email We are able to support applicants with transcribing answers, but cannot provide or fund individualised access support for applications beyond this, except if exceptional circumstances apply.

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