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Theatre and the politics of engagement
Author: Simon Parry

This book is about science in theatre and performance. It explores how theatre and performance engage with emerging scientific themes from artificial intelligence to genetics and climate change. The book covers a wide range of performance forms from the spectacle of the Paralympics Opening Ceremony to Broadway musicals, from experimental contemporary performance and opera to educational theatre, Somali poetic drama and grime videos. It features work by pioneering companies including Gob Squad, Headlong Theatre and Theatre of Debate as well as offering fresh analysis of global blockbusters such as Wicked and Urinetown. The book offers detailed description and analysis of theatre and performance practices as well as broader commentary on the politics of theatre as public engagement with science. It documents important examples of collaborative practice with extended discussion of the Theatre of Debate process developed by Y Touring theatre company, exploration of bilingual theatre-making in East London and an account of how grime MCs and dermatologists ended up making a film together in Birmingham. The interdisciplinary approach draws on contemporary research in theatre and performance studies in combination with key ideas from science studies. It shows how theatre can offer important perspectives on what the philosopher of science Isabelle Stengers has called ‘cosmopolitics’. The book argues that theatre can flatten knowledge hierarchies and hold together different ways of knowing.

An ‘aesthetics of care’ through aural attention
Sylvan Baker and Maggie Inchley

homeless were found to have been in care at some point in their lives (National Audit Office, 2015 : 4–6). In addition, evidence suggests that the physical and mental health and well-being of many young people entering care is a matter for serious concern. A UK Parliamentary briefing paper produced in 2015, for example, indicates that, in general, social service’s first engagement with ‘looked-after children’ 2 was as a result of abuse or neglect in 61 per cent of cases (Zayed and Harker, 2015 : 4). In 2016, an Education Committee report found that almost half of

in Performing care
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A practical politics of care
Caoimhe McAvinchey

make up less than 10 per cent of the prison population, and the vast majority of crimes they commit are non-violent, resulting in short-term sentences (Kennedy, 1993 ; Gunnison and Bernat, 2016 ). It is most significant that the characteristics of women in prison reflect, largely, the profile of women who live in poverty – women who are unemployed, who have experienced homelessness, who live with poor physical and mental health (Fitch et al ., 2011 ). Shame and stigma attach themselves to women who are seen to be unemployed, unemployable, ‘living off the state

in Performing care
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Caring performance, performing care
Amanda Stuart Fisher

care in this edited collection position care both as a form of labour and a mode of performance. Care is something enacted both by social actors (such as nurses and social workers) and by performers in socially engaged performance projects. However, this is not to suggest that giving and receiving care is always an unquestionably positive experience. Through an engagement with disability studies and scholarship around performance and mental health, this introduction examines the more troubling aspects of caring, such as the capacity for care to become oppressive and

in Performing care
Katariina Kyrölä

ARGUMENTS The feminist anti-​trigger warning arguments have mostly been made in the context of higher education, touching upon the use of such warnings online and in activist communities only in passing. The majority of such writing and engagement has simultaneously expressed compassion and concern for students struggling with racist, sexist, heterosexist and cis-​sexist or ableist  39 Vulnerability in the trigger warning debates 39 marginalisation, as well as mental health issues and sexual harassment and violence (Freeman et al., 2014; Gay, 2012; Halberstam, 2014a

in The power of vulnerability
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Trauma, dream and narrative
Victoria Best

hope of mental health, not just in the mind’s spectacular resources, nor in the infinite possibilities of narrative, but in the process of transformation between the two. Lambrichs’s work urges us to consider the alchemy of metamorphosis that takes place between inner and outer worlds, between experience and its internalisation, and between differing forms of symbolic representation, to discover to what extent we can truly possess our many lives. Notes  Louise L. Lambrichs, Journal d’Hannah (Paris: La Différence, ); A ton image (Paris: Olivier/Seuil, ). All

in Women’s writing in contemporary France
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Translating globalised knowledge in performance
Simon Parry

destabilised by the way knowledge is unequally dispersed globally across diasporas and within multicultural cities. This section explores a project that also involved a collaborative theatrical re-problematisation where the development of biosocial alliances was made difficult by significant social, linguistic and cultural barriers that intersected with and to some extent correlated with different ways of knowing. Khat Out of Sight Out of Mind, a project developed in 2006, attempted to build networks around the hot issue of khat-chewing and mental health within the East

in Science in performance
Theatre of Debate
Simon Parry

cancer depend on a number of factors beyond these genes; so testing positive for BRCA 1 or 2 only means an increased probability of developing breast cancer rather than its certain onset. Breast cancer can of course be developed without either of these genetic profiles. Neuroscience and its evolution, alongside changing conceptions of mental health, was also a recurrent theme from the 1996 production of Cracked by Nicola Baldwin through to the 2012 play Stunted Trees and Broken Bridges by Ben Musgrave.9 Genetics and neuroscience are both clearly burgeoning areas of

in Science in performance
The failure and success of a Swedish film diversity initiative
Mara Lee Gerdén

project addressing mental health among immigrants, and how this phenomenon is made invisible and thus extremely difficult to approach. And lastly, the project of artist Aida Chehrehgosha could be seen as part of an ongoing artistic project of hers approaching the family, this time with a focus on the intra-​generational aspects through which histories of pain and love are handed down. The ambitious aim of developing a film project over one year was to be realised with a series of rapid and professional networking encounters, workshops and seminars. The budget was

in The power of vulnerability
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James Schuyler
David Herd

first of numerous similar episodes in Schuyler’s life. His mental health was quite frequently fragile, such that, as William Corbett observes in the Selected Letters, he was unable, after 1961, to hold down regular employment, and such that through the 1970s and the first half of the 1980s, he was several times hospitalised (SL, 135). During one such period of hospitalization in 1975, he wrote ‘The Payne Whitney Poems’, subsequently published in his 1980 collection The Morning of the Poem. In that short, deeply moving, diary-like cycle, Schuyler presents in miniature

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