Research and Resources


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

Being Hybrid

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

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

Research Projects

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.