Theatres of Learning Disability: Good, Bad, or Plain Ugly? (Paperback)Matt Hargrave (author)
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This is the first scholarly book to focus exclusively on theatre and learning disability as theatre, rather than advocacy or therapy. Hargrave provocatively realigns the - hitherto unvoiced - assumptions that underpin such practice and proposes that learning disabled artists have earned the right to full critical review.
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Number of pages: 290
Weight: 3891 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 17 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2015
"Theatres of Learning Disability is well-organized, clearly written, and carefully supported by disability theory, performance theory, and detailed evidence from chosen productions, including Hargrave's own reactions to the work. ... Theatres of Learning Disability is an important advancement in the underdeveloped field of disability and performance, effectively arguing how we can and must critically engage with disability art at the level of craft and aesthetics." (Scott Wallin, The Drama Review, Vol. 61 (1), 2017)
"Hargrave's book examines the field of theatrical practices involving actors with learning disabilities ... . Hargrave's aim is to establish a theoretical approach that goes beyond therapeutic or social frameworks and instead conceives of this type of work as a professional art practice. ... Hargrave's exclusive focus on the aesthetics of theatres of learning disability is still exceptional in the emerging specialist field of disability and performance ... ." (Sarah Marinucci, Theatre Research International, Vol. 41 (2), July, 2016)
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