Cohabitation : placing disability centre stage

Malone, Jane Elizabeth (2011) Cohabitation : placing disability centre stage. Masters by Research by Creative Works, Queensland University of Technology.


The play Cohabitation places disability centre stage by creating a three dimensional protagonist who is also a wheelchair user. The accompanying exegesis examines the challenges associated with creating such a character for theatre, using a practice-led methodology.

During the process of writing my case study play, I have investigated the international literature, reflected on my experience as a physician specialising in rehabilitation and collaborated with members of the Australian and international disability communities. I have also reflected on the historical stereotypes associated with disability and integrated the contemporary experience of wheelchair users into my script.

By organising a production of the play in Australia and directing a rehearsed reading of the play in New York, I was able to scrutinise my additional goal of casting an actor who was also a wheelchair user. My research illuminates the issues involved in writing and producing a play in which the lead character also has a physical disability, and I would hope, offers insight into the creation of such a character and script.

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ID Code: 48459
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research by Creative Works)
Supervisor: Bray, Errol & Neilsen, Philip
Keywords: playwriting, performance, disability, paraplegia, wheelchair, Australian theatre
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 05 Feb 2012 23:38
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 14:44

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