D/deaf and disabled theatre company Graeae has launched its first scratch night.
Called Crips with Chips, the event aims to give D/deaf and disabled writers the opportunity to test new ideas.
The scratch nights will take place every other month at Bradbury Studios in London, with the first event on February 17.
Graeae then plans to roll it out to other accessible venues across the UK.
Crips with Chips will see four new pieces presented at each event with an inclusive cast. There will be drinks and chips available for audience members along with live music or DJs.
Tickets to the scratch nights are free, but Graeae advises that audience members book in advance.
Ahead of the events, the writers will each have a day’s workshop with a professional director, in which they will be encouraged to think creatively about access.
Associate director at Graeae Theatre Company, Nickie Miles-Wildin, said: “As a theatremaker, rehearsed readings are difficult to access physically and we have limited experience of them.
“To begin with, we’ll be focussing on our Write to Play alumni providing a platform for their work. I’m excited to see what happens, and to eat chips of course.”