Reviews & Interviews

Jamie sits in front of a water fountain at the Barbican


When We Got Sick @ Graeae – Crips Without Constraints, April 2020

“We need to be listening to poets like Jamie right now” – Jack Thorne (writer), Twitter

“Jamie is a poet, and a glorious poet, and I mean that he is literally a poet but he is also a poet in how he sees the world, and this is a beautiful, I think, piece, about how we look at death and how we look after each other and I really hope people enjoy it, Jamie’s a very special writer and a very special human being.” – Jack Thorne (writer), introduction to video

“Hale manages to delicately travel the line between raising urgent social ills taking place during this crisis, particularly in relation to the treatment of disabled people, callously labelled “the vulnerable”, but whilst also reminding us of the hope and resilience that the human spirit is capable of under such duress. It’s a tender and heart-breaking few minutes which will resonate with all of us – be ready and armed with tissues for this watch.” – Kate Lovell, Disability Arts Online

NOT DYING @ Lyric Hammersmith, June 2019:

“an acerbically funny and deeply thought-provoking monologue […] Hale is a compelling and witty performer who makes you laugh and reflect in equal measure” – Agnes Carrington-Windo, Plays to See

Unashamedly loud and proud, Hale comes alive – and is indeed at his best – when he’s making comedy […] he takes command of the stage […] He’s clearly on the ascendant with last years’ Spread the Word award under his belt. He comes across as confident and full of potential as a writer and performer. – Colin Hambrook, Disability Arts Online

Aseptic @ the Saboteur Awards, May 2018 (with Emily Robinson):

“The most powerful poetry performance was Aseptic by Jamie Hale & Emily Robinson, […] their endless iterations of self-portraiture demonstrated an impressively rigorous process of scrutiny” – Jade Cuttle, Write Out Loud

Transpose @ the Barbican Centre, December 2017:

“… commanded our attention and found form in writing of exquisite delicacy and linguistic precision […] incisive verbal choices and elegant switches of rhythm in poetry and prose that followed. This is writing of the highest quality, finding fresh language and new approaches […] Above all it is their sensitivity to the use and abuse of language that stands out as exceptional in choice and treatment of theme” – Tim Hochstrasser, Plays to See

“Witty, tongue in cheek humour” – Saskia Coomber, A Younger Theatre

“They explore multiple themes in their work deftly and with real insight” – Jay Donovan, LGBTQArts


I found that I had to tone down some of the more angry sections of my show, because sort of early feedback was that I was slightly losing my audience, because they were either feeling like, we’re already doing the work, why are you yelling at us for doing the work? Or they were like, we’re disabled, and we know this already? Why are you yelling at us? – The Barbican, Inspired with Jamie Hale and Hannah Gadsby

“I used to have terrible stage fright. I think that I partly realised that people are going to stare at me, whatever I do. So I might as well give them something to stare at.” – BBC Ouch – Meet the Vulnerables

“I know that I push and pull at them, but that’s part of the journey, for me. I am excited by the edge of danger – that the only thing between me and disaster is my performance, and I love feeling a sensation that the performance is flowing, that we’re communicating, and that the audience is responding to the gifts I’ve offered them.” – Jamie Hale & Naomi Woddis, Naomi’s September News

CRIPtic @ the Barbican, October 2019

“It’s really important to me that the work centres the disabled experience and invites the audience inside that – to feel the experience of the disabled person in the show, rather than siting themselves as onlookers. ” – Jamie & Aliya – Spread the Word

“Ultimately the message comes down to ‘we’re here, and we’re staying here’ – an act of reclaiming the stage as our own, and taking up our places in the (theatre and wider) world.” Jamie Hale & Colin Hambrook – Disability Arts Online