News and updates

Wellspring 2023 launch

We are delighted to announce the launch of the second round of Wellspring, our professional development programme for London-based disabled, d/Deaf and Neurodivergent playwrights and script writers, supported by City Bridge Trust. Through…
A composite image of from the Quiet Rebels performances showing Creative Captions and filmed BSL interpretation projected on stage. Production shots by Rehan Jamil.

Quiet Rebels hits the 2023 Digital Culture Awards Longlist!

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We are thrilled that Quiet Rebels, co-produced with Dervish Productions, has made it to the 2023 Digital Culture Awards Longlist by Arts Council England in the Digital Inclusion category for the innovative integration of creative access in…
Red letters on white background read: An update from Vital Xposure following Arts Council England's announcement of the National Portfolio Organisations 2023-26

An update from Vital Xposure following the ACE NPO announcement

Vital Xposure are delighted that Arts Council England continues to recognise the importance of our work broadening access to the arts for disabled, D/deaf and Neurodivergent artists and audiences by awarding us a grant of £577,293 for 2023-2026.…
A joyful 50's style black and white photo of a mixed-race couple against a futuristic dark brown background with coding digits 0 and 1 appearing in repeated vertical sequences.. The photo in the middle shows a smart, suited Black man and a well-dressed White woman posing in the countryside. They tenderly hold each other, smiling at the camera.Mohammed Ali

Quiet Rebels – Autumn Tour 2022 Announcement

A Dervish Productions, Vital Xposure and Belgrade Theatre co-production Developed in partnership with Soul City Arts and The Albany Vital Xposure and Dervish Productions are delighted to announce the UK tour of Quiet Rebels written and directed…
Top: text in white letters read 'Wellspring Showcase'. Centre: a composite photo of headshots of eight people. It is a diverse mix of people with various characteristics: short and long hair; dark, blonde and turquoise coloured hair; most of them face the camera and smile against a neutral background, trees, a brick wall or stage lighting.

Wellspring Writers Showcase

An online presentation of fresh, determined voices in theatre who are re-defining the ‘mainstream’ narrative with provocations for social justice, multi-layered identities and their own disabled-led storytelling. The showcase featured…
White letters on black background read 'Wellspring Writers' Blog'. Below is a framed portrait photo of a woman of Iranian, Iraqi and Polish heritage in her early 30's. She has curly hair, brown eyes and round cheeks. She is wearing a cream blouse with little grey flowers on it and blue trousers. In the background, there is a theatre light focused in the direction of the viewer. Below the photo, the name Lilac Yosiphon is written in white letters.

Lilac Yosiphon

When I was a kid, writing was an activity that came very natural to me. I wrote poetry and prose, monologues and journals and never really stopped. One of the bits of text I wrote, when I was about eleven, was ‘I’d like to live in a bubble…
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Carmen D’ Cruz

Hi there! I’m Carmen D’Cruz, just your typical average queer, brown, neurodiverse, gender fluid, drag performing playwright from a council estate in South London. I’d just left a two year contract managing a plucky theatre in Brighton…
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Gabrielle MacPherson

In true icebreaker / first-day-in-rehearsals style, let's play truths and a lie: I am a proud working-class, chips-cheese-and-gravy-loving, disabled artist, from the North of England, with a pet stegosaurus called whiskers. I did a happy…
White letters on black background read 'Wellspring Writers' Blog'. Underneath a framed portrait photo of a white person looking directly to the camera. They have green eyes and very short brown hair. Underneath the photo the Paula Brett is written in white letters.

Paula Brett

During our lock-in weekend, I pulled Simon Startin into a virtual Zoom room and asked him: “You know that assumed modern-day-normal-world that a lot of plays take place in? At what point does COVID permeate that ‘normal’ world in a play…