Written by Mike Kenny & Jenny Sealey
Performed by Jenny Sealey
Developed with The Incubator at The Egg, Theatre Royal Bath
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. 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.
"It felt like a privilege having this life story shared with us, and after hearing the story, her strength and pride shine through."
"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..."
"An amazing life story from an amazing woman. Sealey is a beautifully honest, funny storyteller."
"...in this fully accessible show – she is a warm, captivating presence as she shares her secret."
"...creates an atmosphere of inclusivity across the audience that moves you."
"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."
"The result is an inclusive, engaging and through provoking performance about family dynamics, something which most of us have personal experience of."