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:

Amber Chapell
Deputy Stage Manager
2018, This Is Not For You, Stage Management
Jenny Campbell
Company Stage Manager
2018, This is Not for You, CSM
Greenwich and Docklands Festival / SIRF
Thom Jackson-Wood
Voice Over: English
2018, The Iron Man (2018 Tour), Rob
2018, The Iron Man, Rob/Thom
Nottingham Puppet Festival/Liberty Unbound, London
Elspeth Reid
2018, Iron Man, Sally
Elspeth Reid
2018, Hurricane Protest Songs, Flora
2018, Graeae Ensemble's Hurricane Protest Songs, Jellyfish
Emily Owens
2018, Chronicle, Performer
Grace Maries
Costume Designer
2017, World In Progress, Young Artist Designer
Patricia Davenport
Company Stage Manager
2017, Reasons to be Cheerful, CSM
Tour - The Belgrade, Coventry. West Yorkshire Playhouse. Theatre Royal Stratford East.
2017, Reasons To Be Cheerful, Vinnie
UK Tour
Nixon Rosembert
Live Performance
2017, Reasons To Be Cheerful, Bass guitarist/ actor
Numerous venues
Zoe Cotton
Technical Stage Manager
2017, Reasons To Be Cheerful, Touring Tech ASM (Set/AV)
Grace Maries
Costume Maker (Assistant)
2016, World In Progress, Young Artist Designer
Riona Gilliland
Assistant Stage Manager
2016, The Garden, Trainee
Praca Mua, Rio de Janeiro
Matthew Gardner
Stage Manager
2016, The Buccaneers’ Final Frontiers, Stage Manager
The Scoop
Jonathan Leitch
Sound Designer
2016, Stepping Stones, Sound Designer
2016, Reasons To Be Cheerful, Vinnie
Latitude Festival
Matthew Gardner
Stage Manager
2016, Graeae Rollettes Hackney Christmas Lights On, Stage Manager
Hackney Town Hall Steps
2015, Write To Play- Writers Showcase, Joanna/Lizi/Laura
National Theatre Studio

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Alternative Company Names

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