Nottingham Playhouse goes beyond to join Graeae

Published: 3 May 2023
Reporter: Steve Orme

“Bespoke and brilliant”: Graeae’s BEYOND initiative

Nottingham Playhouse has teamed up with Graeae’s BEYOND initiative, a programme designed to remove barriers and transform the careers of deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists across the UK.

As part of the scheme, the Playhouse will offer tailored development support, advice, training and use of creative spaces for artists at every stage of their careers.

BEYOND acts as a bridge for these artists to enable them to realise their creative potential and have their voices heard. The aim is to ensure that deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists are at the forefront of new and emerging work.

Jenny Sealey, artistic director of Graeae, said, “BEYOND is back. Bespoke and brilliant. Bringing together artists and venues will ensure that deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists are at the heart of everything and not on the sidelines.”

Beccy D’Souza, artist development producer for Nottingham Playhouse’s Amplify programme, commented, “we’re thrilled to partner with Graeae on delivery of the BEYOND programme, to work together on the selection process and the development of the artists who come through.

“Nottingham Playhouse is committed to working with deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists and we see this as a brilliant opportunity to connect with more artists and provide practical and meaningful support.”

The scheme is open to applicants over 18 at every stage of their careers who are committed to creating live performance—online or in person—as a performer, writer, director, producer, designer or technician. There are 20 places available across the country.

Applications for the programme which will run from September 2023 until March 2025 are available at the Graeae web site.

The scheme is also running at Graeae’s partner theatres in Bolton, Prescott, Derby, Hull, Liverpool and Doncaster.

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