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Freaks and not freaks: theatre and the making of crip identity

Conroy, Colette


Colette Conroy


ON SOME LEVEL it seems obvious that some disabled actors will want to explore the history of freak show performances. To replicate a performance form that neither performer nor audience have experienced has the frisson of an historical re-enactment. Somewhere, people who looked like you were stared at as freaks by the audience. What would that have been like? For the freaks? For the spectator? This essay is an attempt to engage with the multiple possibilities of engagement and identity that are bound up in the idea of the freak shows, acting and spectatorship.


Conroy, C. (2012). Freaks and not freaks: theatre and the making of crip identity. Lambda Nordica, 17(1-2), 168 - 193

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 1, 2012
Publication Date Nov 1, 2012
Publicly Available Date Aug 22, 2019
Journal Lambda Nordica
Print ISSN 1100-2573
Electronic ISSN 2001-7286
Publisher Uppsala universitet
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Issue 1-2
Pages 168 - 193
Keywords Theatre; Disability; Queer
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