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Theatre and disability

Theatre and disability is a subject focusing on the inclusion  of disability within a theatrical experience which enables a cultural and aesthetic diversity in the arts. Showing disabled bodies on stage can be to some extent understood as a political aesthetic as it challenges the predominately abled audience's expectations as well as traditional theatre conventions. However, the performance of disability on stage has raised polarising debates about whether the performers are exposed and reduced to their disability or whether they have full agency of who and what they represent.

"There was a time when people with unique disabilities could make a living because of their disability. But the idea of looking at people with disabilities became socially unacceptable."

Howard Sherman

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