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Jenny Sealey MBE

Distinguished Lecture Series - Great Expectations – The Journey of a Deaf Artist in the World of Disability Arts

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Whose theatre is it anyway? A look at the diversity and politics of the work Graeae Theatre Company has created - challenging artistic forms, developing talent and unearthing the authentic voices of those who might never call themselves artists.

  • From: Wednesday 20 March 2019, 6 pm
  • To: Wednesday 20 March 2019, 7.30 pm
  • Location: Lecture Theatre 2, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Tuesday 19 March 2019, 12.00 pm
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Jenny Sealey MBE has been Artistic Director of Graeae Theatre Company since 1997.  She has pioneered a theatrical language experimenting with British Sign Language and English, creative captioning and audio description methods. This has become known as the aesthetics of access. It began with her production of Two and The Fall of the House of Usher and was developed through productions of Peeling, Bent, Blasted and recently The House of Bernarda Alba (co-production with Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester), and Reasons to be Cheerful which has now toured nationally and internationally.

Jenny works locally, nationally and internationally and her work has recently been seen in Japan (Blood Wedding); Bangladesh (Romeo and Juliet); and Brazil (Belonging). She frequently works in Nottingham and productions such as The Threepenny Opera and Reasons to be Cheerful have been seen on the main stage of Nottingham Playhouse. Graeae’s ‘Iron Man’ could be seen walking the streets of Nottingham City Centre earlier in 2018.

Jenny is a known and respected voice, nationally and internationally, in the promotion of accessible performances and in advocating for the rights of D/deaf and disabled people. Graeae is a global cohort of D/deaf and disabled artists that challenges perceptions and pushes for a cultural shift and an equal playing field.

In 2009, she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Honours list. Jenny co-directed the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony alongside Bradley Hemmings (GDIF). She also won the Liberty Human Rights Arts Award.

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Distinguished lecture by Jenny Sealey MBE

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Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street


Discounted city centre parking is available at Q-Park Talbot Street:

Q Park Talbot Street

Stanley Place



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