Russia, Freaks and Foreigners: Three Performance Texts (Paperback)James MacDonald (author)
Paperback 128 Pages / Published: 27/08/2013
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"Russia, Freaks and Foreigners" is a collection of three thematically linked plays set against the backdrop of a fractured, post-Soviet Russian society. The performance texts use comedy and an assortment of 'freakish' portrayals to explore what it means to be a member of society.Written by acclaimed playwright James MacDonald, who has cerebral palsy, these performance texts critique accepted notions of normality within authority, offering various models of difference - physical, cultural, and moral - and their stories of dislocation. Their themes, contextualized here by companion essays, expand the boundaries of British drama and connect to the comic grotesque tradition by giving the "abnormal" a broad appeal. The plays use post-Soviet culture to explore standard notions of difference, particularly physical and cultural. To date, MacDonald is one of only a few severely disabled playwrights to have his work staged and he deals with issues rarely covered in drama. "Russia, Freaks and Foreigners" is a daring portrayal of disability from the inside.It deals with issues little covered in drama. It offers a daring portrayal of disability from the inside. It provides inside knowledge of both Russians and disability by one of the few disabled playwrights whose work is regularly staged.
Publisher: Intellect Books
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 230 x 174 x 15 mm
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