Russia, Freaks and Foreigners : Three Performance Texts Paperback / softback
Part of the Playtext series
"Russia, Freaks and Foreigners" is a collection of three thematically linked plays set against the backdrop of a fractured, post-Soviet Russian society.
The performance texts use comedy and an assortment of 'freakish' portrayals to explore what it means to be a member of society.Written by acclaimed playwright James MacDonald, who has cerebral palsy, these performance texts critique accepted notions of normality within authority, offering various models of difference - physical, cultural, and moral - and their stories of dislocation.
Their themes, contextualized here by companion essays, expand the boundaries of British drama and connect to the comic grotesque tradition by giving the "abnormal" a broad appeal.
The plays use post-Soviet culture to explore standard notions of difference, particularly physical and cultural.
To date, MacDonald is one of only a few severely disabled playwrights to have his work staged and he deals with issues rarely covered in drama. "Russia, Freaks and Foreigners" is a daring portrayal of disability from the inside.It deals with issues little covered in drama.
It offers a daring portrayal of disability from the inside. It provides inside knowledge of both Russians and disability by one of the few disabled playwrights whose work is regularly staged.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Intellect Books
- Publication Date: 31/07/2008
- Category: Plays, playscripts
- ISBN: 9781841501864