Tue 25 Jun 2024
7:30 pm - 8:15 pm
Quality of Life is Not a Measurable Outcome image

What happens when the NHS decides it costs too much to keep you alive?
Quality of Life is Not a Measurable Outcome is a multi-media play exploring what it means to live in the world as a profoundly disabled person. After surviving critical illness and rebuilding their life, Jamie is now faced with the loss of the care package that keeps them alive and independent. Fusing poetry, monologue, film, and theatre in spoken English and British Sign Language, the oppressive panopticons of medical and panel-based social care assessments come into stark conflict with Jamie’s bold, transgressive desire to live joyfully in the world.
Jamie Hale is an award-winning theatre maker, poet, (screen)writer, and Artistic Director at CRIPtic Arts. Their work focuses on crip/queer realities and the urgency of living as a disabled person. An earlier version of this show, NOT DYING, was described as “fantastic” by Hannah Gadsby, and led to Jamie being awarded Director/Theatremaker of the Year in the Evening Standard Future Awards in 2021. Their first poetry pamphlet, Shield was read by Jack Thorne in the 2021 MacTaggart lecture, where he described them as an “extraordinary voice”. They were also a 2021-22 Jerwood Poetry fellow, and  are annually listed as one of the hundred most influential disabled people in Britain. 
CRIPtic Arts, led by Artistic Director Jamie Hale, is a disabled-led creative hub bringing the most exciting disabled creatives to stages around the UK. We produce intimate and urgent work: bold, feisty, vulnerable and darkly comedic. Previous shows include the award-winning NOT DYING (Barbican 2019, HOME Manchester 2022), The CRIPtic Showcase (2019 and 2021) (Barbican 2019 and 2021), CRIP Cabaret (HOME Manchester, 2022), and Self & Other (HOME Manchester, 2024). CRIPtic Arts is building an industry in which disabled people flourish, supporting, championing and developing disabled talent.
Jamie Hale, Writer & Performer
Athena Stevens, Director
Caitlin Richards, Producer
Laura Meaton, Movement Director & Performer
BSL Performer TBC
Sophie Walter, Performer (TBC for this show)
Julian Starr, Sound Designer
Alice Simpson, Lighting Designer (TBC for this show)