Samuel Beckett and disability performance

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Beckett's plays have attracted a striking range of disability performances, in part because of their insistent attention on embodied existence and the impaired body. Here, I examine four recent disability performances of Beckett's plays, exploring how these productions prompt re-evaluation of the previously undetected indicators of disability in the scripts, including mobility impairment, automatic speech, stuttering, and memory deficiency. Drawing on a series of original interviews with the practitioners in question, I examine the intersection between textual aesthetics and disability ethics in these contemporary productions, emphasising how these performances illuminate crucial corporeal, social, and ontological concerns in Beckett's original scripts, in newly embodied terms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-44
JournalJournal of Beckett Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Samuel Beckett
  • disability
  • disability performance
  • Touretteshero
  • Tourette's
  • Down Syndrome
  • wheelchair
  • Waiting for Godot
  • Endgame
  • Not I


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