Good, bad or just plain ugly? Changing perceptions of the learning disabled actor

Hargrave, Matt (2007) Good, bad or just plain ugly? Changing perceptions of the learning disabled actor. In: Planting trees of drama with global vision in local knowledge: IDEA 2007 dialogues. IDEA Publications, Hong Kong, pp. 171-191. ISBN 978-9628321858

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On the Verge is a performance by Jez Colborne, a disabled actor, conceived in collaboration with UK theatre company, Mind the Gap. Critical analysis of work involving actors with intellectual impairments has largely been concerned with how the actor or “client” might benefit from the process of involvement. Rarely has it been considered relevant to ask what an audience might think. For work as aesthetically rich as On the Verge such a framework is at best inadequate and worse demeaning, This paper is a contribution to an emergent understanding of the field and offers a necessary corrective: Rather than ask how Colborne is “empowered” by performing, I engage closely with the aesthetic artefact of which he is the centre. What is at stake here is one version of a utopia: the possibility of a work by a learning disabled performer that is the aesthetic “equal” of that by any other artist.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Conference proceedings: IDEA 2007 Dialogues, 16-22 July, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong
Subjects: W400 Drama
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
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Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2010 14:00
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 19:42

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