In Touch, inclusion
Saturday 14 October 2017 -
17:00 to 20:00
National Theatre, London

In Touch captures the real stories of Deafblind, blind, visually impaired, D/deaf, hard-of-hearing, sighted and hearing people, told through an eclectic style of spoken, signed and physical theatre. The show explores the emotional rollercoaster of being human, how we each navigate our lives and what happens when different worlds collide and unite.

In Touch is part of a long-term project between Inclusion Theatre Company and the Theatre of Nations, using the arts to connect Deafblind, sighted and hearing people in different spaces. The original production, Touch-Ables, based on the real stories of the actors and their interactions with the world and the diaries of two Deafblind women from 20th Century Russia, had its premiere in 2015 in Russia. The show was shown on leading stages in Moscow and St Petersburg, and was nominated for the prestigious Russian ‘Golden Mask’ Theatre Award.

Cast and producers

For this new production at the National Theatre, Jenny Sealey will develop the original production using Deafblind actors from the original Russian show, plus British and French Deafblind performers. 

In Touch is produced in association with Graeae Theatre Company, Sense, the British Council, and the National Theatre, written by Marina Krapivina, directed by Ruslan Malikov. 

In Touch is designed by Ekaterina Dzhadarova, with choreography by Evgeny Kulagin and Alexandra Rudik, produced by Viktoria Avdeeva.

The cast includes Rustam Ahmadeev, Zara-Jayne Arnold, Arnaud Balard, Kirill Byrkin, Raji Gopalakrishnan, Alexey Gorelov, Roman Evdokimov, Alyona Kapustyan, Yuliya Khamitova, Olga Lapshina, Sophie Lebedeva, Vera Lyzhenkova, Irina Povolotskaya, Alexandra Rudik, Ekaterina Sakhno, Alexandr Silyanov, with reading by Yevgeny Mironov.

Further cast to be announced.

Please note: The production will be captioned and will include surtitles as it is performed in Russian, French and English. The show will be audio described and British Sign Language interpreted.

Tickets on sale: 8.30am GMT, 21 July 2017 

All tickets £15 

In Touch will be played at Dorfman Theatre.

For anyone with access requirements, please subscribe to the NT’s Access List, which will allow you to select your own seats when booking online, or call Box Office on 020 7452 3961 or email

This project is part of the British Council’s long-term programme Inclusion in the Arts.


Centre of Creative Projects "Inclusion"

Centre of Creative Projects "Inclusion" was created with the support of So-edinenie Foundation. The main goals of the Centre are: development of professional inclusive theatre in Russia and its international showcase, creation of unique theatrical projects, creation of the system of inclusive education, development of “accessible arts” programme in theatres and museums, promoting inclusive arts in its various forms among different audiences.

The centre has four fields of development: "Inclusion.School", "Inclusion.Theatre", "Inclusion.Museum" and "Inclusion.Laboratory".

Graeae Theatre Company

Graeae is a force for change in world-class theatre – breaking down barriers, challenging preconceptions and boldly placing D/deaf and disabled artists centre stage. Artistically led by Jenny Sealey MBE, Graeae’s signature characteristic is the creative integration of sign language, audio description and captioning, which engages with both disabled and non-disabled audiences. Championing accessibility and providing a platform for new generations of artists, Graeae leads the way in pioneering, trail-blazing theatre.

Graeae develops the next generation of D/deaf and disabled artists through groundbreaking programmes and courses including: ‘Write to Play’, a bold initiative committed to developing new writers in collaboration with the most creative minds in the industry and ‘Ensemble’, a work-based learning programme for D/deaf and disabled artists aged between 18 and 22. Throughout the year, Graeae runs workshops and training programmes internationally from Brazil to Bangladesh.

Graeae works extensively with young people through its outreach programme. Workshops and residencies run by our pool of D/deaf and disabled facilitators in a variety of education settings help to build new audiences engage young creative minds and empower young disabled artists.

Jenny Sealey

Jenny Sealey has been Graeae’s Artistic Director since 1997. In 2009, she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Honours and became an Artistic Advisor for Unlimited 2012 Festival. Jenny co-directed the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony alongside Bradley Hemmings (GDIF). She also won the Liberty Human Rights Arts Award and was named on the Time Out London and Hospital Club h.Club100 2012 list of the most influential people in the creative industries. Since 2012 Jenny has been awarded an honorary doctorate degree in Drama from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, in Performing Arts from Middlesex University and a Fellowship at Central School of Speech and Drama.