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Performative Responses and Dementia-Friendly Theatre

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This chapter looks at how theatre-makers are responding to dementia. Examining how it has been variously represented on the main stage, it traces a shift from plays about dementia towards a theatre of co-creation. Analysing productions that have been made in collaboration with people with dementia, it considers some of the specific ways in which dementia productively disrupts processes of dramatic composition. It argues that dramaturgical approaches which combine access and estrangement might, in addition to offering a more authentic form of representation, be of value to people with dementia as audience members and performers. It considers the wider implications of this approach and how people with dementia can shake up the conventions of theatregoing, re-framing it as an interdependent and vulnerable experience.

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  • Co-creation
  • Neurodiversity
  • Access
  • Estrangement
  • Vulnerability
  • Dementia-friendly theatre

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    For a detailed account of the development of dementia-friendly theatre, see Taylor (2019a) ‘The origin of dementia-friendly performances and the role of people with dementia as creative consultants.’ RiDE. 24:1, pp. 90–95) .

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  • David Grindley, Director, Still Alice. Every Third Minute Festival, Leeds Playhouse, 2018. Email Correspondence, 5 June 2019. Ref: Grindley (2019).

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  • Nicky Taylor, Director, Every Third Minute Festival. Interview, Leeds 13 February 2019. Ref: Taylor (2019b).

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Hatton, N. (2021). Performative Responses and Dementia-Friendly Theatre. In: Performance and Dementia. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-51077-0_3

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