Lectures and Conferences

Jennings Gallery Lunchtime Lecture Series

Neither Richard nor Oedipus nor Tiny Tim? Dominant and Alternative Representations of Disability in Drama 

Guest Lecture by Playwright Kaite O’Reilly 

Monday 24th February, 2014 @ 1pm

G10, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, UCC

Throughout the Western dramatic tradition, impairment has been a metaphor for the human condition. But what ‘truths’ have these metaphors generated and what might be alternative contemporary images and narratives? Kaite O'Reilly is an award-winning playwright and theatre maker who identifies as a disability artist. In this lecture, she discusses the long cultural and linguistic practice of assigning meaning to the impaired body and offers alternative representations from her own work, 'Peeling' and 'The Almond and the Seahorse.' 



Production image from In Water I'm Weightless (Kaite O'Reilly). Photo: Farrows Creative/National Theatre Wales


Kaite O’Reilly

Kaite O'Reilly has won various awards for her work, including the Peggy Ramsay Award for most innovative play and the Ted Hughes Prize for New Works in Poetry for her re-telling of Aeschylus's  'Persians' for National Theatre Wales in 2010/11. She is a fellow of Freie Universitat's International Research Centre 'Interweaving Performance Cultures', Berlin, where she is reflecting on her work between 'mainstream' and disability cultures. Further information at www.kaiteoreilly.com

Organized by Art/Works UCC in collaboration with Jennings Gallery, College of Medicine and Health, UCC



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