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Incapacity and Theatricality: Politics and Aesthetics in Theatre Involving Actors with Intellectual Disabilities

Incapacity and Theatricality: Politics and Aesthetics in Theatre Involving Actors with Intellectual Disabilities
 

Incapacity and Theatricality acknowledges the distinctive contribution to contemporary theatrical performance made by actors with intellectual disabilities. It presents a close examination of certain key theatrical performances across a variety of different media, including John ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780815349204
Barcode 9780815349204
Published 14 February 2019 by Taylor & Francis Inc
Format Hardback
Author(s) By McCaffrey, Tony
Series Routledge Advances in Theatre and Performance Studies
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ISBN-13 9780815349204
ISBN-10 0815349203
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Taylor & Francis Inc
Imprint CRC Press Inc
Publication Date 14 February 2019
International Publication Date 15 January 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By McCaffrey, Tony
Series Routledge Advances in Theatre and Performance Studies
Category Performance Art
Theatre, Drama
Acting Techniques
Disability: Social Aspects
Creative Therapy (Eg Art, Music, Drama)
Number of Pages 198
Dimensions Width: 159mm
Height: 235mm
Weight 454g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Actors with disabilities, People with mental disabilities, Theater
NBS Text Other Performing Arts
ONIX Text College/higher education
Dewey Code 792.0280874
Catalogue Code 970036

Description of this Book

Incapacity and Theatricality acknowledges the distinctive contribution to contemporary theatrical performance made by actors with intellectual disabilities. It presents a close examination of certain key theatrical performances across a variety of different media, including John Cassavetes' 1963 social issues film A Child is Waiting; the performance art collaboration between Robert Wilson and Christopher Knowles; and the provocative pranksterism of Christoph Schlingensief's talent show mockumentary FreakStars 3000. Tracing a global path of performances, Incapacity and Theatricality offers an analysis of how actors with intellectual disabilities have emerged onto the main stage, and how their inclusion calls into question long-held assumptions about both theatre and intellectual disability. For postgraduate students, or anyone interested in the shifting dynamics of twenty-first century theatre, McCaffrey's work offers a vital consideration of the intersubjective relations between people with and without intellectual disabilities and ultimately addresses urgent questions about the situation and representation of the contemporary subject caught up somewhere between incapacity and theatricality.

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Author's Bio

Tony McCaffrey is a Lecturer in Creative Industries at the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts, Ara Institute, Christchurch, New Zealand. In 2004 he established the Different Light Theatre Company, an ensemble of performers with intellectual disabilities.

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