Theatre, society, and stigma: Mental illness on stage

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Sextou, Persephone and Patterson, Paul 2014. Theatre, society, and stigma: Mental illness on stage. The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts. 9 (1), pp. 1-10. https://doi.org/10.18848/2326-9960/CGP/v09i01/1-10
AuthorsSextou, Persephone and Patterson, Paul
Abstract

The paper describes an approach to theatre as an educational intervention in society linking the artist, the psychiatrist, and social groups with an interest in mental illness. An exploration of narratives and diagnostic criteria from psychiatric case studies led to the creation of two dramatic monologues focusing on awareness and impact of bipolar disorder on intimate personal relationships, particularly on the evolving transactional roles between the partner/caregiver and partner/patient. The paper argues that devised performance based on themes and characters that emerge from within the field of psychiatry may be used to address perceptions of mental illness and stigma for general community audiences. It concludes that psychiatrically informed material can be successfully translated into original dramatic performances to address current educational and social issues and raise social awareness in thought-provoking and stimulating ways to members of the public.

KeywordsParticipatory arts; Devised theatre; Mental health; Society; Stigma
Year2014
JournalThe International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts
Journal citation9 (1), pp. 1-10
PublisherCommon Ground Publishing
ISSN2326-9960
2327-2104
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.18848/2326-9960/CGP/v09i01/1-10
Official URLhttps://doi.org/10.18848/2326-9960/CGP/v09i01/1-10
Related URLhttps://www.researchgate.net/publication/267094041_Sextou_P_Patterson_P_2014_'Theatre_Society_and_Stigma_Mental_Illness_on_Stage'_The_International_Journal_of_Social_Political_and_Community_Agendas_in_the_Arts_9_1_pp_1-10
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Accepted2014
Deposited01 Jul 2021
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