A photograph of Kate

A fresh ‘voice’ in theatre

32 year old Kate Caryer has cerebral palsy, no speech and uses a communication aid. She co-runs The Unspoken Project CIC, a company that is currently fundraising for the stage premier of Speechless, a unique coming-of-age play about someone without speech.  

Kate believes it’s time that the authentic voice of disabled people is heard and what better day than World Theatre Day on 26 March to make a pledge to make it happen.

My name is Kate Caryer and I am a rude, pink-haired theatre lover, who also happens to have cerebral palsy and no speech.

I use a communication aid to speak (think a punk Stephen Hawking), but the words that come out of my computer will quickly shatter any stereotypes you might have about disabled people.

Alongside my mate, Paul C. Mooney, trained actor and director, I run The Unspoken Project CIC.

A poster for the Unspoken CIC theatre group

We are an inclusive theatre company set up to give opportunities to disabled and non-disabled actors, writers and theatre-makers. We also believe that it is time to hear the real voices of disabled people, beyond the sob stories about pitiable, pathetic caricatures, desperate to ‘overcome’ their tragic disabilities.

Our first major drama production Speechless – written by me – intends to set the story straight.

The story of Speechless

Kate with her cast members

Speechless tells the tale of Rebecca Walker, a teenager with cerebral palsy and no speech nor access to the communication support to allow her devious teenage thoughts to be heard.

Like most teenagers, she is keen to rebel against her parents, and craves the freedom of being an adult. We follow Rebecca on a journey of dark humour and disabled villains to arrive at an important conclusion: you don’t need speech to have a voice.

Will Eddie Redmayne be playing the teenage protagonist? For once, all the disabled parts will be played by disabled actors – company policy for the inclusive theatre company.

Speechless provides opportunities for disabled actors to be part of a professional production that tells their stories from their own perspectives.

The Unspoken Project CIC, is currently fundraising for the premier of Speechless. It is time the authentic voice of disabled people is heard. For more information, or to pledge to support this project, please visit our Kickstarter page.

The Unspoken Project also provides opportunities for disabled performers through their variety nights, quiz nights and workshops in schools. Our Rude Games Night is coming up on 21 April from 8pm in the Clisshold Arms, 105 Fortis Green, East Finchley, London, N2 9HR. All welcome. Over 18s only!