An Investigation Into The Ways In Which Disabled People Are Integrated Into The Artistic Practices of Scottish Theatre Using A Case Study Of The National Theatre of Scotland.
(2014) An Investigation Into The Ways In Which Disabled People Are Integrated Into The Artistic Practices of Scottish Theatre Using A Case Study Of The National Theatre of Scotland., no. 48.
This study investigates the ways which people with disabilities are integrated into the artistic practices of Scottish theatre by conducting a case study of the National Theatre of Scotland (NTS). The aims of this study are to briefly explore the socio-political history of disabilities to illustrate the development of societal attitudes and perception of disability. It will then examine how socio-political context influenced the establishment and practices of disability theatre companies. Existing data on the history of disability from publicly available sources are utilised along with data on disability theatre companies from the 1970s onwards. A case study will be conducted on the NTS using limited sources of academic literature, newspaper articles and reviews, National Theatre Archive DVD footage, existing interviews and an original interview from Roberta Doyle - the head of External Affairs at the NTS. A theoretical framework using the theories of Henri-Jacques Stiker will be presented to inform the debate on the perception and integration of disabled people within the artistic and working practices of the NTS. Since this is an investigation, it reaches no definitive conclusion. The findings of this study contribute to the body of knowledge by being educational and instructive in the public domain. Identifying examples of good practice and areas of weakness in the integration of disabled people within the NTS, serving as a platform for further development.