The performance of disability histories remembrance and transmission

Workshop 1 Histories, biographies, performances

29 November 2008
Time: 10am-4pm

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Particpants at the first workshop on November 26th at London Metropolitan University. Photo by
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Workshop 2 Revising texts, devising histories

Date: 11 February 2009
Venue: Nottingham Playhouse, hosted by Roundabout

Brief aim: To contest the individualism and linear chronology of biographical interview research - unmaking the texts and devising performance elements for a more multi-modal transmission of remembrance.
Make generational themes out of individual stories.

Programme of the day:
Brief introduction of seminar series & proposal for Special Issue of Review of Disability Studies
Mark Priestley

Re-presenting identities: The use of composite and performance pieces in community critical psychology and disability studies
Professor Dan Goodley and Dr Rebecca Lawthom, Manchester Metropolitan University

Time travel with life histories
Diverse City

How change occurs through embodied performance
Isabel Jones
Questions, Comments, Open discussion


Creative devised performance workshop family life stories (images, text, and audio extracts of life histories from different generations)
Diverse City (working with participants and students)

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goodley_lawthom__representing_identities.pdfPDF295.74 Kb
workshop_2_programme.pdfPDF196.25 Kb

Workshop 3 Performing lives, live performance

Date: 6 April 2009
Venue: Stage@Leeds, University of Leeds

Brief aim: Will conclude the series by examining connections between the lives ‘performed’ in disability research interviews and techniques of live performance capable of transmitting such remembrances to a new generation.
The culmination in this final day will include performance of a proto-play.

Programme of the day:
11am -  11.15
Introductions & Interests – Sonali Shah

11.15am – 12 noon
Some Performance Studies perspectives
Mick Wallis

Moving beyond low expectations over time: performing experiences 
David Toole

1-15pm Questions, Comments, Open discussion


Creative devised performance workshop: stories of medical treatment and care (images, text, and audio extracts of life histories from different generations)
Diverse City (working with participants and students)

Final thoughts, Key Findings , Next steps etc
Mark Priestley

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Snapshot of Mr Toole moving through life
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Performing Lives - Lives Performed
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wallis__researching_text_and_performance.pdfPDF294.90 Kb
bryan___proposal_abstract.pdfPDF308.50 Kb

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