Dates and Times
Tue 17 - Sat 21 April at 7:15pm
Part of Common People: the working class theatre festival. Browse the full programme here. Take advantage of our double bill ticket offer, and book two different shows on the same night for just £16! Simply add the tickets into your basket and we’ll do the rest. Common People runs from Tue 17 – Sat 28 April.
Presented by Jackie Hagan
Benefit cuts are hitting disabled people the hardest. Half of people in poverty are disabled or live with a disabled person. The future looks grim, so how can we get people to sit up, listen and care and not keel over with empathy-fatigue?
Award-winning poet and theatre-maker Jackie Hagan’s way has been to make a new solo show that features the real voices of proper skint disabled people she knows. Jackie has conducted interviews with people from all over the country living on the fringes and the spaces in between. They are not sob stories, they are fully rounded lives full of the spiky humour and the complicated weirdness of being human. Jackie weaves these narratives together with poetry and anecdotes, celebrating the weird, the wonky, the unruly, and the resilient.
Expect audience interaction, DIY puppetry, poetic comedy, comedic poetry, and one underclass amputee steering the show.
Commissioned and supported by Unlimited, celebrating the work of disabled artists, with funding from Arts Council England. Supported with funding from BlueSCI Wellbeing, Contact and Full Circle Arts. Produced by Big Feast.
All performances will be BSL interpreted by Jeni Draper
“Moving and poignant, if that’s not too middle class a word.” – ★★★★★ Morning Star
“Challenging, thought-provoking and emotive” – ★★★★★ LondonTheatre1
“Fiery and sensitive, she realises the truths of difficult experiences in poetic images which linger in the mind long after the voices themselves have faded away.” – ★★★★ Theatre Weekly
“Politically urgent… humorous and affecting” – The Stage
“An eye-opening examination of how government policy and ideology preys upon those they consider least able to defend themselves.” – London City Nights
Praise for ‘This is not a Safe Space’
“A perfect antidote to programs like Benefits Street.” – Disability Arts Online
“Vital word-craftery. Spotlight on real people with humour, kindness & a big dose of reality. Brilliant. – Jo Verrant, Unlimited
“Honest, uncompromising, tough and tender – and funny – and rails against the vilification of the working class and the disabled” – Sabotage Reviews
“Startling, original and acid. Hagan is a unique talent who has the makings of a hugely provocative big-stage performer… a genius in the making” – Write Out Loud
“Her fierce use of humour teamed with passionate insight about working-class life is portrayed in her brilliant delivery” – The Mancunion
About the company
Jackie Hagan is a working-class queer amputee, an award-winning writer and performer, and a Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellow. She writes plays, stand up comedy, performance poetry and solo shows and has been commissioned by leading organisations like Unlimited, Graeae, Royal Exchange and Contact Her work has appeared everywhere from Channel 4 and BBC Radio 4 to Chat Magazine.
Image credit (c) Big Feast