Graeae Theatre Company

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.


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Connected mandy members:

Sarah J Warren
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Thom Jackson-Wood
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Ceri Ashcroft
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Greenwich and Docklands Festival
Sarah J Warren
2012, Play Lab, Roselyn
David Ellington
2011, Whells on Broadway, Muscle Marys
Sarah Lyndon
Sarah Lyndon
Deputy Stage Manager
2011, Wheels On Broadway, Stage Manager
Liberty Festival @ Watch This Space (NT)
Sarah Lyndon
Sarah Lyndon
Deputy Stage Manager
2011, Wheels On Broadway, DSM
Greenwich & Docklands Festival (Greenwich Fair)
Sami Thorpe
Sami Thorpe
Actor
2011, The Tempest, Ariel
The Rose Theatre, Kingston/The Royal Opera House, London
Milton Lopes
Milton Lopes
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2011, The Iron Man, Sam
Sherri Hazzard
Sherri Hazzard
Prop Maker
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Sarah Hackett
Sarah Hackett
Prop Maker
2011, Iron Man, Assistant Prop/Puppet maker (work placement)
Deborah Williams
Deborah Williams
Costume Supervisor
2011, Broadway Babes, Costume Designer/ supervisor
Milton Lopes
Milton Lopes
Actor
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Alison Neighbour
Alison Neighbour
Set Designer
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Simon Sturgess
Simon Sturgess
Production Manager
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Theatre Royal Stratford East
Stephen Lloyd
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Jude Mahon
Jude Mahon
Actor
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Corinna MacEwan
Corinna MacEwan
Lighting Technician
2010, Against the tide, , sound engineer
Milton Lopes
Milton Lopes
Actor
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National Theatre "Watch This Space"
Sophie Partridge
2010, `Rhinestone Rollers' Dance through the Ages, Lady Stella
Liberty Fest', Trafalgar Sq.

Graeae Theatre Company Jobs

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Alternative Company Names

Graeae, graeae tc, graeae theatre, graeae theatre co, graeae theatre co.