Crip Shorts

Six extraordinary disabled performers from Canada and the UK bring their distinct creativity to this one-night celebration. Five short acts, each responding and re-defining the experience of disability through performance, featuring the UK “stumppeteer” Jackie Hagan, Canadian interdisciplinary creator Jessica Watkin, aerialist Erin Ball, poet Tamyka Bullen and theatrical dancers Justin Many Fingers and Brian Solomon.


Erin BallErin Ball (Canada) is a circus artist, coach, owner of Kingston Circus Arts, and co-owner of LEGacy Circus. After events resulting in the loss of her lower legs, Erin works to create new, creative, and different ways of executing her skills as a circus performer.
Jessica WatkinJessica Watkin (Canada) is a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies focusing on disabled approaches to creating performance in Canada. She is a playwright and interdisciplinary creator working with physical and non-visual approaches to creation.
Jackie HaganJackie Hagan (UK) is a multi award-winning playwright, poet, and stand-up comedian. She is passionate about inclusivity in the widest sense and experiences often excluded from the mainstream narrative. She has performed and delivered workshops in hundreds of venues, including prisons, homeless shelters, and high-secure psychiatric units.
Tamyka BullenTamyka Bullen (Canada) has been involved in social justice activism and social services for 20+ years and has worked with women, immigrants, LGBTQA, and youth. She has been performing her poetry at different theatres since 2015 and in 2018, began acting for Deaf That! and After the Blackout.
Justin Many FingersJustin Many Fingers (Canada) or Mii-Sum-In-Iskum (Long Time Buffalo Rock) is a founding member and the new Artistic Director of the Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society, and an international performing artist. His Government name is Justin Many Fingers, and he is a Queer, Indigenous, disabled, and Mad artist from the Kanawa Blackfoot Reserve in Southern Alberta.
Brian SolomonBrian Solomon (Canada) is an award-winning creator of Anishinaabe and Irish descent, born in Shebahonaning, located in the Manitoulin district of Northern Ontario. Solomon has presented his multidisciplinary works across Turtle Island and internationally. He is passionate about helping people relearn about their forgotten bodies, and take back the space those bodies occupy. Website:
Alex BulmerAlex Bulmer (Canada) is an award-winning writer, director, and performer who divides her time between working in Canada and Europe. She is co-Artistic Director of Common Boots Theatre in Toronto, and Artistic Director of Invisible Flash UK. In 2014, Alex was named one of the most influential disabled artists by UK’s Power Magazine.