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Wellspring Participants 2021

A warm welcome to Carmen, Fatima, Gabrielle, Lilac, Nicole, Paula, Robbie and Victoria, the eight writers and playwrights joining Wellspring this autumn. We are delighted to be working with a brilliant cohort of disabled, d/Deaf and Neurodivergent artists with passion and determination to bring change in the stories written and told on stage and beyond. […]

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Quiet Rebels comes to life

It is our turn to share the joy of being back in a room after all these months and make theatre! Earlier this autumn the R&D team met at The Albany for a rehearsed reading of the script. In the meantime, Stephen Rudder has added his magic touch to the play’s journey by creating a visual and aural sense of […]

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New Board members

In September 2021 we bade goodbye to Lucy Hannah, who stepped down from the Board following three years of service. Lucy has been a stalwart ally of the company, the team and its work for many years. We are greatly thankful for her support and we wish her well with her future endeavours. As we […]

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Apply to the Wellspring Programme

We are seeking London-based disabled, Neurodivergent and D/deaf playwrights and script writers to join Wellspring, a new professional development programme. We are very excited to have teamed up with some of the most important disabled writers working in theatre today; Cheryl Martin, Sophie Woolley, Alex Bulmer and Vici Wreford-Sinnott, giving not only their skills, but […]

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Creative Freelancers: Shaping London’s Recovery

  We’re delighted to be part of Fuel Theatre ‘s ‘Creative Freelancers: Shaping London’s Recovery’ scheme that will support the powerhouse of our sector: wonderful arts freelancers. About the programme Creative freelancers, particularly those in the performing arts, have been hit hard by COVID-19. From the very start of restrictions, up to 60% of freelancers […]

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Chair Vacancy 2021

We are seeking a new Chair to support Artistic Director, Simon Startin, Vital Xposure’s Team and lead the Board of five committed Directors to oversee the growth of the Company through its next exciting decade. We are interested in hearing from forward thinking individuals from diverse backgrounds, particularly from people who identify as Deaf, disabled […]

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Online Discussion Panel and Q&A – VIDEO

Following a successful run at cinemas and film festivals, Voices from the Knitting Circle was screened online between 5 October and 15 November 2020. Through this online activity we wanted to pay tribute to the women who survived life in asylums and to everyone who had gifted us their stories to share with the world. […]

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New Artistic Director

Our new Artistic Director We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Simon Startin has been appointed as our new Artistic Director! He will join the Vital Xposure team in early 2021 as we celebrate our 10-year anniversary. Simon is an acclaimed actor, published playwright, director and activist, who last appeared in The Visit at the […]

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NOT DEAD YET!

Disability History Month 2020: Julie McNamara pays tribute to beloved comrades of the Disability Arts Movement     My friend woke up in an Intensive care ward with DNR written over her head. DNR, Do Not Resuscitate. Before we left that unit, we’d ripped it off the wall and stuck a picture of a well […]

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Online Discussion Panel and Q&A – Voices from the Knitting Circle

  Join the acting cast who recreated these remarkable voices depicted on film, talking with director Julie Mc, who describes the extraordinary seven-year journey of this documentary, exposing shocking stories that uncover unpalatable truths about the long-care system.   Julie McNamara, Vital Xposure’s Artistic Director, created The Knitting Circle in 2011, a theatre production based […]

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Artistic Director Vacancy

We are seeking a dynamic, creative leader with a strong artistic vision, to join this small, hard-working team and shape the future of Vital Xposure. We are looking for an explorer, open to new adventures; someone with a passion for staging performances that challenge political injustice and social inequalities, who will deliver outstanding work for […]