Year of Wonders

Mike Alfreds, Jane Arnfield

Research output: Other contribution

Abstract

Using performance to prompt new cultural practice/energy around recent trauma Humanitarian responses - how might we be able to build new knowledge from this by bringing it into dialogue with contemporary takes of plague - e.g. Madagascar - or even situations like Ebola, and in Sierra Leone - self quarantining

The potential that the novel offers are to explore how pandemic threats are managed and conceived particularly relevant to the Ebola crisis. There are many directions that the project could follow and great potential for cross disciplinary arts/science research themes to be explored in the research:
Health
Superstition
Documentary
Women finding their voice
Cultures which limit women
Facing change
Ignorance reason knowledge
Learning to change
Stoicism
Good story
Against Dogma
Women constantly having to adjust themselves to cultures where men don't have to
Arnfield’s work is situated in Theatre of the Real focusing on the politics of memory and biographical narrative methodologies such as:
Remembering hindsight
Reliving
Factual Objective
Finding it so painful trying to avoid telling
Trying to be accurate, to recapture
Emotion of now present and if remembering
Biographical interviews top story
Original languageEnglish
TypePractice- as research project that will create a performance based on a novel, Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks. The novel is set in a Derbyshire village during the Great Plague in 1666.
Media of outputPerformance
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018

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