Paul David Power
Program and component
Explore and create, Concept to Realization
St. John’s, Newfoundland
Field of practice
Deaf and disability arts
Grant helped artist present an accessible original play that included themes of disability
The play Crippled ran five professionally produced shows over a four-day period at the Resource Centre for the Arts in St. John’s, Newfoundland and aimed to dispel myths about disability.
Original work incorporated disability themes
The play Crippled was written and performed by a local artist with a disability. The story focused on various aspects of the character’s life, not just his disability. It garnered consistent rave reviews and enthusiastic audience feedback. It also led to future opportunities for the show, including invitations to tour, develop a broadcast version and perform abroad.
Bridging the disability and arts communities
Making Crippled as accessible as possible for audiences was a priority for the production crew. This meant providing supports such as American sign language interpretation, audio description, a relaxed performance matinee, amplified headsets and extra time and space for those using a mobility device. The production also provided paid work to local artists and business professionals, including those who self-identified as disabled.