At the heart of CRIPtic are our creative projects. We run community projects designed to reduce isolation, and aimed at non-artists such as Poetry and Place; our work with Spread the Word to run a retreat and salon, or our open mic nights and performances. There’s something for everyone. In 2019 we did our first Barbican Showcase, and now we’re back with another.

We want to build and develop communities of d/Deaf and disabled people through the medium of arts. Our current major creative projects are:

CRIPtic 2021

In 2021 CRIPtic are excited to be part of the Barbican’s autumn season.

The show will be directed by Jamie Hale (Winner of the Evening Standard Future Theatre Fund award for directing/theatre-making). We are featuring a range of incredible artists – from music to poetry, narrative to physical theatre, film to extended art. With the upcoming original composition and excellent team, this will be our best showcase yet. 

For more information, see CRIPtic 2021.

Salon – CRIPtic x Spread the Word

CRIPtic are working with Spread the Word to run a bimonthly salon for d/Deaf and disabled writers. There are free workshops, readings, and an open mic with five slots that you must book in advance. Community outreach is a huge part of our programme. It is crucial to our ethos that we offer projects to the community, not just professional artists. 

Retreat – CRIPtic x Spread the Word

After the success of our 2020 online writing retreat, working with Spread the Word, for d/Deaf and disabled writers, Experimental, we are working together again this time with Arts Council England funding. This year’s CRIPtic x Spread the Word online retreat is for ten d/Deaf and/or disabled writers in poetry, fiction, or scriptwriting. The retreat offers creative growth and development to those writers, supporting them in taking their art to the next stage.


As part of our 2021 season we are running a series of workshops for d/Deaf and disabled creatives. We have limited places so if you see something you want to attend please register quickly. We will release places on our twitter and on our What’s On page.

Some of the past workshops we have run include: