Research and Reports


CRIPtic’s industry development arm.

Research demonstrating a need for change, informs our creation of resources

Resources created can be used across the arts to embed the recommended changes

Revolutionary changes to the arts industry are required for it to become truly accessible


The cover for Always the Audience, showing Jamie Hale, a white person in a manual wheelchair on their back on stage, and the text Always the Audience Never the Star, The experiences of performers with high physical access requirements in London Theatres by Dr Jessi Parrott and Jamie Hale

Always the Audience

Performers with high physical access needs in the London theatre industry

A graphic cover for the Access to Literature report in black and white saying Access to Literature by Jamie Hale and Ruth Harrison, with the CRIPtic Arts, Spread the Word and Arts Council England logos

Access to Literature

The experiences of disabled writers working in the literature industry

Being Hybrid

A guide to running (accessible) hybrid events in the Zoom era.

A headshot of Dave Young, a white man with short brown hair and a brown beard. Dave looks off to the left. He is outside and there are flowers, grass and trees in the background

Working with AAC Users

How to work with people who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Research Projects

Community Captioning

Ben Glover is leading a project exploring the development of a Community Captioning solution for theatre and beyond. The initial stages of this project will entail researching the demand for a captioning solution that has a low barrier to entry and is open-source, able to deliver pre-programmed captions with limited experience and background.

Between October 2023 and March 2024, Ben will be working with people who use captions to access theatre, and people who create and produce theatre to understand what the gap is with regard to captioning, and what technical provision could fill this gap before scoping how this technical provision could be delivered with a community captioning system.

This is the first phase in what we hope will be an exciting project opening up captions and semi-creative captions both to theatre and performance, but also creating an open-source product that can be used to caption anything from meetings, events and conferences to music and theatre.

To find out more or get involved, please email Ben on

Ben Glover, a white man with dark hair wearing a khaki t-shirt, leaning against a tree
A full-length shot of Jessi, a white non-binary person with short brown hair and brown eyes, showing them sitting in their powered wheelchair, which is parked on a path in front of some green grass and trees. They are gazing gently at the camera. Their right hand is resting on their wheelchair control and their left is on their armrest. Jessi is wearing a light blue shirt over a white t-shirt with an obscured slogan, grey trousers and dark blue Converse shoes.

Always the Audience, Never the Star

Always the Audience, Never the Star  is led by Dr Jessi Parrott, CRIPtic Arts’ Research and Policy Lead, with support from Jamie Hale, Artistic Director. 

Disabled artists with specific physical access requirements beyond ‘standard’ wheelchair access face significant barriers when working or intending to work professionally in London theatres. 

We are researching the experiences of people who fit one or more of the following categories: use alternative or augmentative communication (AAC); use switch, eyegaze, or other similar adaptive technology to access a computer; require Changing Places toilets; need constant care and/or support. 

We will use the findings from Always the Audience to develop resources and training on good practice for supporting and employing disabled people with these requirements. This will increase awareness of the requirements of people who are often left out of wider conversations and considerations around access in the arts.

Concrete Commitments & Inadequate Access

Concrete Commitments and Inadequate Access (hereafter Concrete Commitments) is led by Samuel Brewer, CRIPtic Arts’ Arts and Communities Lead, with support from Jamie Hale, Artistic Director. 

Right now a large proportion of performance projects in the UK are inaccessible to deaf and disabled audiences. But what if there was a way of guaranteeing a commitment from organisations and artists to deliver more inclusive work?

Section 20 of the Equality Act 2010 outlines a duty to make adjustments for Disabled people, the difference between common practise  and common law can be difficult to track because of financial strains and practicalities. Concrete Commitments and Inadequate access seeks to build a campaign that through consensus building will work towards artists and organisations delivering on concrete commitments to deliver accessible options for Deaf and Disabled audiences. 

Image description: A headshot of Sam Brewer, a white man with blue eyes, short blonde hair and beard. Sam looks softly into the camera. He is wearing a blue t-shirt.

Access Rider Tool

We are designing a tool people can use to create an access rider online, through asking thoughtful questions that lead to a standardised document. Once completed, this project will be accompanied by training. Here, we will support organisations in learning how to use access riders to support deaf and disabled creatives.