Theatres of Learning Disability

Good, Bad, or Plain Ugly?

Authors: Hargrave, Matt

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  • Winner of the TaPRA New Career Research in Theatre/Performance Prize 2016 

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Winner of the TaPRA New Career Research in Theatre/Performance Prize 2016 

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.

About the authors

Matt Hargrave is Senior Lecturer in Drama and Applied Theatre at the University of Northumbria, UK. As a writer and theatre practitioner he has worked with many leading theatres and cultural providers including Northern Stage, New Writing North, Mind the Gap, National Association of Youth Theatres, The Forge Arts and Education Agency, Helix Arts, Sheffield Crucible, Dead Earnest Theatre, and Arts Council England. His previous publications include articles in journals such as Theatre, Dance and Performance Training and Research in Drama Education.

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“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)


'Matt Hargrave's new book provides an outstanding overview and in-depth analysis of the different theatres of learning disability. It demonstrates an acute sensitivity to the social, political and aesthetic questions raised by practitioners of what has emerged as an important area of contemporary theatre and performance. Theatres of Learning Disability pushes the boundaries of the field and asks the difficult questions about how we discuss and value the artistry of actors, creators and participants.' - James Thompson, University of Manchester, UK

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Prologue: Of Moths and Methods

    Pages 1-17

    Hargrave, Matt

  • The End of Disability Arts: Theatre, Disability, and the Social Model

    Pages 21-46

    Hargrave, Matt

  • Pure Products Go Crazy: The Aesthetic Value of Learning Disability

    Pages 47-78

    Hargrave, Matt

  • On Quality: Disability and Aesthetic Judgements

    Pages 79-111

    Hargrave, Matt

  • Genealogies: The Cultural Faces of Learning Disability

    Pages 112-134

    Hargrave, Matt

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Theatres of Learning Disability
Book Subtitle
Good, Bad, or Plain Ugly?
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-50439-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137504395
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-50438-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-70023-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 290
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