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CRIPtic Pit Party

Jamie Hale

Jamie Hale is shown in a pop art style in their powered wheelchair. The colour of their photograph has been made black and white and then their trousers have been painted purple and their top is blue. The background is yellow and the words CRIPtic span the width of the image in red bold font behind Jamie.

Award-winning artist Jamie Hale curates a joyful and uplifting Pit Party comprising a mixed bill of creative, political and responsive work by d/Deaf and disabled performers.

Following their sold-out Pit Party in 2019, Jamie invites d/Deaf and disabled artists to respond to the theme of ‘the stories we tell ourselves, about ourselves, by ourselves’. Sets will include music, spoken word, poetry and a dynamic collaboration between Deaf hip hop artists.

Barbican Open Lab alumni and Evening Standard Future Theatre Fund winner Jamie Hale returns following their sold-out Pit Party in 2019. These performances are the culmination of an artistic development programme led by Jamie, supporting a cultural arts scene that has been hit hard by the pandemic. Their Pit Party recreates deeply personal experiences rarely represented on stage in a spirited, celebratory atmosphere. 

Duration: Approx 2 hours 30 mins, including an interval

Age guidance: 16+ (contains scenes of self-hitting)

All performances are Audio Described, Captioned, BSL interpreted (by Jacqui Beckford) and Relaxed.

Fri 19 Nov
Post-show talk
With Jenny Sealey, CEO and Artistic Director of Graeae and Jamie Hale
Free to same day ticket holders 

Presented by the Barbican

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‘We need to be listening to poets like Jamie right now‘
Playwright and screenwriter, Jack Thorne
‘Hale is a compelling and witty performer who makes you laugh and reflect in equal measure‘
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