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Alex Mermikides

Dr Alex Mermikides is Senior Lecturer in Drama at Kingston University, London, UK. Her research interest is in contemporary performance-making and she is co-editor of Devising in Process (2010). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Gianna Bouchard

Dr Gianna Bouchard is Principal Lecturer in Drama at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. Her research focuses on contemporary theatre and performance in relation to medical science, live art, critical theory and feminist practice. Her work has been published in Performance Research, Contemporary Theatre Review and various edited collections. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Performance and the Medical Body

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...It is hard to identify an area of our lives, at the start of the twenty-first century, where medical science does not have some kind of influence or impact. From evaluating what we eat, to getting vaccinations for holidays, from allergies...

An Appreciation

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Brian Lobel

~playauthor~Written by~ Brian Lobel

Oberon Books, 2012

Oberon Modern Plays

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...Described by audiences as ‘HOT,’ ‘Squishy,’ ‘Comforting,’ ‘Bumpy’ & ‘FanFuckingTastic’, An Appreciation is a short cabaret work about cancer and the changing body over time. In An Appreciation, Brian invites five audience members...

Fun with Cancer Patients: The Affect of Cancer

Performance and the Medical Body

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...Picture your life after cancer In April 2010, The New York Times Online published ‘Picture Your Life After Cancer’, a user-generated photo essay collecting stories and images from cancer survivors. ‘For the estimated...
...How do you travel? How do you visit far away, and close by? This is what Walter Benjamin asks of us:[W]alk out your front door as if you’ve just arrived from a foreign country; to discover the world in which you already live; to begin...

Other Funny Stories about Cancer

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Brian Lobel

~playauthor~Written by~ Brian Lobel

Oberon Books, 2012

Oberon Modern Plays

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...Other Funny Stories about Cancer premiered at Live Bait Theater, Chicago in 2006. In it, author Brian Lobel shares his experiences, infusing the “cancer story” with an urgency and humour which is sometimes inappropriate, often salacious...

A Cabinet of (Medical) Performance Curiosities

Performance and the Medical Body

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...I’ve got time to give just one of you a gut reading with this portable ultrasound device, so is there anyone here who would like a gut reading? Great. I’m just going to ask you to apply this bit of gel. It’s a bit cold, sorry. Now just hold...

The Patient Performer: Embodied Pathography in Contemporary Productions

Performance and the Medical Body

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...Introduction This chapter argues for the value of contemporary performance, as a practice that foregrounds the body, in countering received ideas of objectivity/subjectivity and passivity...

Copy, Cut, Paste – Humans (Re-)Printed: Lynn Hershman Leeson’s The Infinity Engine

Performance and the Medical Body

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...This chapter is the first study of Lynn Hershman Leeson’s The Infinity Engine (2014–), an installation that, along with a film of the same name, makes up a hybrid media artwork exploring ‘possibilities for evolution now that DNA can...

Beat the Devil

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David Hare

~playauthor~Written by~ David Hare

Faber & Faber, 2020

Faber Drama

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...Covid-19 seems to be a sort of dirty bomb, thrown into the body to cause havoc. On the same day that the UK government finally made the first of two decisive interventions that led to a conspicuously late lockdown...

Performing the Microscopic: Beyond Eye and Brain

Alex Mermikides

Dr Alex Mermikides is Senior Lecturer in Drama at Kingston University, London, UK. Her research interest is in contemporary performance-making and she is co-editor of Devising in Process (2010). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Performance and the Medical Body

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...This chapter examines contemporary performances that seek to represent the microscopic aspects of the human body: those ‘objects and functions of the human body that the eye and brain cannot straightforwardly comprehend’ ( Ede...