Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellow Lecture – Julie McNamara [Melbourne]
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Wednesday April 3, 2019 - 5:30 PM
Grant Street Theatre
(Enter via Lionel's) Grant Street
Southbank, , VIC 3006
FREE BUT PLEASE REGISTER
Linda D'Ornay & Susan Emerson
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About the Show
‘Cripping it Up: When Disability-led Theatre Awakens our Critical Consciousness to the Non-normative Body and Unruly Mind Unleashed in Public Spaces?’
Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellow Julie McNamara is Artistic Director of Vital Xposure, one of the UK’s leading disability-led touring theatre companies within Arts Council England’s national portfolio. As both an artist and activist, hers is a unique voice in Disability Arts internationally. Driven by social justice, McNamara has a life-long preoccupation with disavowed voices on the political periphery. Her particular interests are in voices from locked-in spaces (secure hospitals, mental health and criminal justice systems), discourses of madness and representations of madness on stage.What kinds of bodies and minds inhabit our public stages? Who designed these spaces with steps so high that some artists and theatre makers will always be excluded and the select few become more highly valued than others? How do we challenge our own collusion in this culture of erasure and marginalisation? What would it take for the presence of theatre makers with physical and sensory impairments, with non-normative bodies or neuro-diverse minds, to become unremarkable in the creative industries? What happens when ‘othered’ bodies and unruly minds interrupt, intersect and challenge the dominant non-disabled culture prevalent in theatres? McNamara examines the role of disability-led theatre in modelling inclusive practices that celebrate ‘access aesthetics’, thereby becoming a political-affective tool to promote social change.
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