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
Always the Audience
Performers with high physical access needs in the London theatre industry
A guide to running (accessible) hybrid events in the Zoom era.
Access to Literature
The experiences of disabled writers working in the literature industry
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.