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ERIC Number: EJ1166318
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Feb
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1474-0222
The Seeing Place: Talking Theatre and Medicine
Bowman, Deborah; Bowman, Joanna
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, v17 n1 p166-181 Feb 2018
A Professor of Medical Ethics and a theatre director, also mother and daughter, talk about health, illness, suffering, performance and practice. Using the lenses of ethical and performance theory, they explore what it means to be a patient, a spectator and a practitioner and cover many plays, texts and productions: Samuel Beckett's "Not I" and "All That Fall," Sarah Kane's Crave, Tim Crouch's "An Oak Tree," Enda Walsh's "Ballyturk," Annie Ryan's adaptation of Eimear McBride's novel "A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing," Duncan MacMillan's "People, Place and Things" and Henrik Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler." These were selected because first we have seen, studied or worked with each and they have continued to inspire us. Second, they offer rich and revealing insights into the ways in which meaning(s) is/are both negotiated and contested in relation to health and illness. It is the iterative negotiation of meaning(s) that, it is argued, is the essence of narrative practice, be it in medicine or in the theatre. The difference and divergence of perception, response and interpretation to dramatic performance can test relationships, be they professional, creative or familial. Yet, the capacity to understand, and embrace, disagreement and uncertainty is vital; fundamental to a flourishing life. For it is by recognising our part in creating narratives, broken and otherwise, that we can begin to recognise the necessary interactionism and humanity of both medicine and theatre.
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Language: English
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