Performing Illness and Disability

Level 5 (15 credits)

This module investigates the representation of illness and disability in performance. It focuses primarily on contemporary performance and live art practices by artists with illnesses or disability but is contextualised by the history of disability performance, e.g. in the Victorian freak shows. You will be introduced to ways of understanding discourses of disability and illness, and the ways in which they become manifest in performance. The module enables you to discuss issues of representation, lived experience and agency as they relate to disabled and unwell bodies in performance.

Preparing for this Module and Approximate Costs

There is no advance preparation for this module.

Performance tickets totalling approximately £25

Why take
Performing Illness and Disability

  • The module will be taught through a mix of seminars and lectures, field trips, and theatre visits.
  • We will explore common representations of disability in pop culture.
  • We will think through, the often problematic, histories of staging disabled bodies, such as the Victorian freak show, and the ways in which contemporary performance makers have responded to these histories.
Learning Context Seminar-based
Semester One
  1. Group Presentation (12-15 min), {30%}
  2. Essay (2500 words), {70%}
Mode of reassessment Standard