Jackie Hagan is a council estate queer amputee and a multi award-winning poet, stand up comedian, playwright and theatre maker. She cares about shining an original light on the experiences of the vilified, improving the representation of disabled working class people and making theatre accessible for all.
"Very Funny" - The Guardian
"Politically Urgent" - The Stage
"Hilarious" - The Skinny
“Fabulous subtlety and wit” - Emma Thompson, actor.
Both her solo shows won the Sabotuer ‘Best Spoken Word Show’ in their respective years. Her play ‘Cosmic Scallies’ won several awards and has been picked up interest from Hat Trick productions Her children’s play ‘The Forest of Forgotten Discos’ was called ‘meticulously accessible’ by The Stage.
She has performed at Southbank, The Tate Modern London, The New Vic, The Barbican, and at hundreds of venues across the UK. She has had her shows commissioned and produced by orgnisations such as Unlimited, Graeae, The Royal Exchange, SICK festival, Contact Theatre, Hope Mill Theatre and many more.
She has been nominiated for a National Diversity Award, a Woman of the World Award for effecting lasting social change, in 2018 she was awarded a Jerwood Compton Fellowship for poetry and a Creative Futures literacy award, has worked abroad extensively for The British Council and acts as an accessibility consultant.
“A perfect antidote to programmes like Benefits Street" - Disability Arts Online
This year she toured her current solo show to Mainz and Toronto and performed excerpts in New York. In 2016 she represented the UK in slam poetry in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro and was the subject of a Channel Four documentary short. She has delivered over two thousand workshops in prisons, schools, hospitals and internationally. She has written for Attitude magazine, Diva magazine, Gay Star, and regularly crops up on BBC Radio Four, and BBC Ouch! She is a guest lecturer at Manchester Met university and an accessibility consultant.