Graeae in association with Soho Theatre and Theatr Iolo present


Tue 6 – Sat 17 Feb 60 minutes
British Theatre
To Do List
"It starts with a secret, but this one's different, this one's mine."

Unravelling the past and facing the future, Self-Raising is a blisteringly honest, laugh-out-loud one-woman show about growing up deaf in a family with secrets.

Graeae’s award-winning Artistic Director Jenny Sealey has spent a lifetime championing stories by Deaf and disabled artists. Now she takes to the stage to tell her own story.

‘The national theatre of disability’
Jack Thorne

Every performance will be Audio Described,  Captioned by Jonah Sealey Braverman and BSL Interpreted by Jeni Draper.

Developed with The Incubator at The Egg, Theatre Royal Bath.

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'It felt like a privilege having this life story shared with us, and after hearing the story, her strength and pride shine through'
British Theatre
'An amazing life story from an amazing woman... Sealey is a beautifully honest, funny storyteller'
West End Best Friend
'Told with warmth and humour, but not dodging some hard-hitting aspects of growing up deaf in a hearing world, Sealey’s story – and her performance – are as captivating as they are inspirational'
To Do List
"Sealey, who has led Graeae since 1997, is more used to directing than performing, but is nonetheless at home on stage, frank, funny and moving'
'An inclusive, engaging and through provoking performance about family dynamics, something which most of us have personal experience of'
Ed Fringe Review
'Creates an atmosphere of inclusivity across the audience that moves you'
Ed Fest Magazine
'A fully accessible show... She is a warm, captivating presence as she shares her secret'

Cast & Creative Team

Jenny Sealey


Lee Lyford


Mike Kenny & Jenny Sealey


Anisha Fields


Emma Chapman

Lighting Designer

Jonah Sealey Braverman

Captioning/Video Designer

Lewis Gibson

Associate Director & Composer

Jeni Draper

Performance Interpreter

Ali Gordon

Performance Interpreter

Jude Mahon

Performance Interpreter

Caroline Richardson

Performance Interpreter