"It starts with a secret, but this one's different, this one's mine."

Award winning Artistic Director of Graeae, 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.


Performer Jenny Sealey
Performance Interpreters Jeni Draper, Ali Gordon, Jude Mahon, Caroline Richardson


Director Lee Lyford
Writers Mike Kenny & Jenny Sealey
Designer Anisha Fields
Lighting Designer Emma Chapman
Captioning/Video Designer Jonah Sealey Braverman
Associate Director & Composer Lewis Gibson


For this show, British Sign Language Interpretation, Captioning and Audio Description are available. This will also be a Relaxed Performance.

Everyone is welcome to attend accessible performances, customers experience the full show including the accessible services.

Find out more about Access at Nottingham Playhouse.

Content Warnings

Age guidance: 14+

The show contains potentially distressing themes, including a reference to abuse, strong language and audience interaction.

A more detailed list here: Audism, being deaf in a hearing family, abuse, trying to cure deafness, adoption, secrets in the family and death and bereavement.

If you would like to discuss the content information, email info@graeae.org (and/or you can add venue email). There will also be a member of Graeae staff or venue staff available front of house at the Access Table before the start of the show.

You can also find more information on the themes in the show by visiting:


Cruse Bereavement Support


The Good Grief Trust


SHOUT – 85258

The Survivors Trust

Please note that the flour bags used in this show contain real flour. The loose flour is gluten-free. Please speak to a member of staff at the Access Table if you have any questions.

“...in this fully accessible show – she is a warm, captivating presence as she shares her secret.”
4 rating
The Stage
“It felt like a privilege having this life story shared with us”
5 rating
British Theatre