What can society learn about disability through the way it is
portrayed in TV, films and plays?
This insightful and accessible text explores and analyses the
way disability is portrayed in drama, and how that portrayal may be
interpreted by young audiences. Investigating how disabilities have
been represented on stage in the past, this book discusses what may
be inferred from plays which feature disabled characters through a
variety of critical approaches.
In addition to the theoretical analysis of disability in
dramatic literature, the book includes two previously unpublished
playscripts, both of which have been performed by secondary school
aged students and which focus on issues of disability and its
effects on others. The contextual notes and discussion which
accompany these plays and projects provide insights into how drama
can contribute to disability education, and how it can give a voice
to students who have special educational needs themselves.
Other features of this wide-ranging text include:
- an annotated chronology that traces the history of plays that
have featured disabled characters
- an analysis of how disability is used as a dramatic
- consideration of the ethics of dramatising a disabled
- critical accounts of units of work in mainstream school seeking
to raise disability awareness through engagement with practical
drama and dramatic texts
- a description and evaluation of a drama project in a special
In tackling questions and issues that have not, hitherto, been
well covered, Drama, Disability and Education will be of enormous
interest to drama students, teachers, researchers and pedagogues
who work with disabled people or are concerned with raising
awareness and understanding of disability.
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