How do certain contemporary performances challenge perceptions and the stigma of mental illness?

Noble, Heather (2015) How do certain contemporary performances challenge perceptions and the stigma of mental illness? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The aim of this dissertation is to explore the role of theatre in influencing perceptions of mental illness; research supporting considers the works of Michel Foucault and other influential theorists, academics and mental health professionals. This paper will observe and comment on the attitudes of UK society when addressing mental health. The central argument within this work discusses the ways in which theatre has the ability to challenge and change any negative perceptions of mental illness. This dissertation explores Erving Goffman's theory of the presentation of the 'Self' and the use of masks, both theatrically and socially, to question the concept of feigning reality as well as madness. The use of theatre practice and performance has the potential to challenge the negative attitudes towards mental illness by connecting with an audience and opening their eyes to the reality of the subject, encouraging them to reconsider their prejudices and adopt a more positive, well informed understanding of mental illness.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2017 14:37
    Last Modified: 08 Feb 2017 14:37
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22810

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