News and updates

Theatre set with a small plant on a round coffee table, and two folding chairs on either side.Stephen Rudder

New work by the Wellspring Writers

The second round of Wellspring, our professional development programme for London-based disabled, d/Deaf and Neurodivergent playwrights, was completed in spring 2024, following a presentation of rehearsed readings of excerpts from new plays…
A group of young people in a drama session.Hassan Mahamdallie

Quiet Rebels: Hackney young people’s song

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After a sold-out tour in autumn 2022, the journey of Quiet Rebels in the community continued in Hackney, our London home, where the spark for young people’s storytelling was firstly ignited with Creative Futures’ artists at Hackney Empire. Drawing…
A white man with blue eyes, blond hair, glasses and facial hair. They are wearing a grey t-shirt.

Vital Xposure’s new Artistic Lead

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Stephen Bailey as Vital Xposure's new Artistic Lead! Stephen is an award-winning neurodivergent director and producer, with longstanding experience in creating new accessible work. He won…
Two people standing in the middle of an underpass. On the left, a woman with long, light brown hair wearing a dark red jacket. Next to her, a bearded man with short, dark light brown hair, wearing a red T-shirt and a chequered coat.Jessica Sansom

Our new short film is here!

We are super thrilled to share our new short film! It is an invitation to join forces with Vital Xposure, because together, we can excite and thrill, we can top the bill.  Created with a fantastic team of disabled, d/Deaf and Neurodivergent…
Profile photo of a woman in her late 20s with brown, curly hair and blue eyes looking straight into the camera lens. Text in shades of dark red and orange reads: Wellspring 2023 - Writers' Blog. Ellie Dunn Bottom: company logos of Vital Xposure, Bush Theatre, Paines Plough, Soho Theatre, Theatre503, Arts Council England, City Bridge Trust and National Lottery Community Fund.

Ellie Dunn

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Ladies, fellas and gentleTHEMs. I am here, a disabled, part Irish, queer. Allegedly anyway, I could be Swedish. As I type this I’m colouring a white bin I got from Ikea with a felt tip pen, it’s easing my anxiety despite being the most…
Photo of a short haired South Asian man with stubble wearing a white shirt and grey coat. Text in shades of dark red and orange reads: Wellspring 2023 - Writers' Blog. Mohit Mathur. Bottom: company logos of Vital Xposure, Bush Theatre, Paines Plough, Soho Theatre, Theatre503, Arts Council England, City Bridge Trust and National Lottery Community Fund.

Mohit Mathur

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Four years ago, sitting in a circle in my drama school and reading a play out loud, my heart started racing, all the words were moving. No matter how much I focused, I couldn’t get them in order. A week later, I was diagnosed with severe…
A light brown petite female, Detective Shade, in a tight spot. She stares wide-eyed up into the grim faces of three dark clothed characters, emerging from the dark. They are shoulder to shoulder, all focused on Shade. At the bottom small white letters read: Quiet Rebels 2022. Photo by Rehan Jamil.

Join our Board

For over ten years, we have been creating and touring work informed by stories from hidden and unheard voices. We are now expanding and testing new ground. Based in London, we have national reach and, with a programme of examination, experimentation…
Profile photo of Em, who has shoulder length brown hair, a large smile and warm face. They are wearing a scoop necked navy top. Text in shades of dark red and orange reads: Wellspring 2023 - Writers' Blog. Em Prendergast. Bottom: company logos of Vital Xposure, Bush Theatre, Paines Plough, Soho Theatre, Theatre503, Arts Council England, City Bridge Trust and National Lottery Community Fund.

Em Prendergast

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Hello! I’m Emma Prendergast and I am a working-class, writing-focused actor-deviser most recently working as an actor playing Athena in the National Theatre’s The Odyssey, a project that featured over 160 community artists! I am interested…
Photo of a white androgynous person with short dark hair, pictured on a sand beach, in their wheelchair. They wear black leather clothes and peacefully gaze away from the camera. Text in shades of dark red and orange reads: Wellspring 2023 - Writers' Blog. Jesse Stone. Bottom: company logos of Vital Xposure, Bush Theatre, Paines Plough, Soho Theatre, Theatre503, Arts Council England, City Bridge Trust and National Lottery Community Fund.

Jesse Stone

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Hi, I’m Jesse and I’m a queer crip writer with a passion for telling authentic, complex and joyful stories about trans and disabled people. Through Wellspring, I am developing a play about queer crip sex and relationships, navigating…