Drama, Disability and Education: A critical exploration for by Andy Kempe

By Andy Kempe

What can society know about incapacity in the course of the approach it truly is portrayed in television, motion pictures and plays?

This insightful and obtainable textual content explores and analyses the way in which incapacity is portrayed in drama, and the way that portrayal will be interpreted through younger audiences. Investigating how disabilities were represented on degree long ago, this e-book discusses what should be inferred from performs which characteristic disabled characters via a number of severe approaches.

In addition to the theoretical research of incapacity in dramatic literature, the e-book contains formerly unpublished playscripts, either one of which were played through secondary tuition elderly scholars and which concentrate on problems with incapacity and its results on others. The contextual notes and dialogue which accompany those performs and tasks supply insights into how drama can give a contribution to incapacity schooling, and the way it will possibly supply a voice to scholars who've distinct academic wishes themselves.

Other good points of this wide-ranging textual content include:

  • an annotated chronology that strains the background of performs that experience featured disabled characters
  • an research of ways incapacity is used as a dramatic metaphor
  • consideration of the ethics of dramatising a disabled character
  • critical bills of devices of labor in mainstream institution looking to bring up incapacity understanding via engagement with useful drama and dramatic texts
  • a description and evaluate of a drama venture in a unique school.

In tackling questions and concerns that experience now not, hitherto, been good coated, Drama, incapacity and schooling will be of huge curiosity to drama scholars, lecturers, researchers and pedagogues who paintings with disabled humans or are focused on elevating understanding and figuring out of disability.

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Perversely, the more adept they become at deliberately shaking with energy, the more they find they can also achieve moments of rest and relaxation. Finally, Not as Bad as They Seem appears to be a straightforward farce involving a pair of lovers being disturbed by the woman’s husband. What heightens the farce is that all three characters are blind. While some may see the plays as cruelly taking advantage A chronology of disabled characters 33 of other people’s misfortunes, Barnes’ project is to reject such a view as patronising: ‘We have to find consolation in order to survive: if the text is lousy admire the binding .

42 Disability and stereotype Disability studies The social constructionist view of disability has shown us that ‘disability’ is a reflection on society rather than the individual; social arrangements rather than individual impairments are what disable people. A key part of society in this respect is those portrayals of people with disability. Patterns of misrepresentation of people with disability lead to patterns of discrimination and oppression. One such pattern of misrepresentation is the implication that categories of impairment are somehow natural or essential, rather than located in and generated by particular historical and social circumstances.

And then it poured out of my mouth, out of my arms, great walls of it, streaking up them silly curtains, dancing all round the room – and I burned their house down, Miss, I burned their house down. Disability and the physical and mental abuse of young people go hand in hand in a number of plays, including Lucy Gannon’s Keeping Tom Nice (1988) (see Chapter 8), while the now familiar link between disability and infidelity occurs once more in Lee Hall’s acclaimed Spoonface Steinberg (1997). A chronology of disabled characters 31 First performed on radio, the Royal National Theatre Studio developed a stage version of it in 2000.

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