Graeae Theatre Company

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Graeae was founded in 1980 by Nabil Shaban and Richard Tomlinson. The company built a reputation as a respected theatrical voice with audiences, critics, the arts establishment and the disabled community.

In the beginning, Nabil and Richard worked from home, running occasional one-off performances at events across the country. The first production was Sideshow, which Nabil performed and directed.

In 1981, the first United Nations Year of Disabled People, Graeae went international, visiting Greece, the home of the myth from which it derived its name.

Since those early days, the company has grown and adapted to the changing attitudes of society, and the passions of the disabled community. Under the Artistic Direction of Nabil Shaban, the company performed many shows and became established as a registered charity. Then, in 1994, Ewan Marshall became Artistic Director. Shows such as Ubu and Flesh Fly cemented the company’s reputation as a force that could last.

Since 1998, Jenny Sealey has been Artistic Director and has overseen successes such as peeling, Diary of an Action Man and Blasted. In 1999, Missing Piece was launched, an intensive and accredited training course for disabled actors, and the success of this has fed into our current training courses Scene Change and Into the Scene.

Graeae now tours nationally (and sometimes internationally) up to three times a year with imaginative and exciting productions of both classic and newly-commissioned theatre.

Graeae’s aim is to redress the exclusion of people with physical and sensory impairments from performance and to create genuinely pioneering theatre in both its aesthetic and content.


Connected mandy members:

Grace Maries
Grace Maries
Costume Maker (Assistant)
2016, World In Progress, Young Artist Designer
Riona Gilliland
Riona Gilliland
Assistant Stage Manager
2016, The Garden, Trainee
Praca Mua, Rio de Janeiro
Matthew Gardner
Matthew Gardner
Stage Manager
2016, The Buccaneers’ Final Frontiers, Stage Manager
The Scoop
Stephen Lloyd
2016, Reasons To Be Cheerful, Vinnie
Latitude Festival
Mudassar Dar
Mudassar Dar
Actor
2016, Meds, Humphrey
West Yorkshire Playhouse
Mudassar Dar
Mudassar Dar
Actor
2016, Labels, Hassan
West Yorkshire Playhouse
Matthew Gardner
Matthew Gardner
Stage Manager
2016, Graeae Rollettes Hackney Christmas Lights On, Stage Manager
Hackney Town Hall Steps
Abigail Matthews
2015, Write To Play- Writers Showcase, Joanna/Lizi/Laura
National Theatre Studio
Philippa Cole
2015, Write to Play, Suze
The Royal Exchange, Manchester
Philippa Cole
2015, Write to Play, Jenny, Jane
Melissa Johns
2015, Write to Play, Varied Roles
Liverpool Everyman Theatre
Tiiu Mortley
Tiiu Mortley
Actor
2015, Reasons To Be Cheerful., Janine
Mexico Literary Festival
Tiiu Mortley
Tiiu Mortley
Actor
2015, Reasons To Be Cheerful, Janine
Guadalajara Mexico
Stephen Lloyd
2015, Reasons To Be Cheerful, Vinnie
Guadalajara Book Fair, Mexico
Kerrian Burton
2015, Flowers of the Forest, Splitt
National Theatre Studios
EJ. Raymond
EJ. Raymond
Actor
2015, Blood Wedding, Angus (Groom's mother)
Dundee, Derby, Greenock, Edinburgh, Ipswich & Liverpool
Cindy-Jane Armbruster
2015, Acts of Memory, Ensemble
Liberty Festival 2015
Grace Maries
Grace Maries
Costume Maker (Assistant)
2014, World In Progress, Young Artist Designer
Victoria Oruwari
2014, Three penny Opera , Mrs Peachum
Nottingham Play House, New Wolsey Theatre,, West Yorkshire Playhouse
Elanor Webber (Elanor-Rose Maxey)
2014, The Threepenny Opera, Creative Assistant
Tour

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Alternative Company Names

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