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"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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781841501864
ISBN-10: 1841501867
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 174mm x 15mm)
Pages: 128
Imprint: Intellect Books
Publisher: Intellect Books
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - James Macdonald

James MacDonald was born cerebral-palsied and a twin in Chicago in 1949. In 1960, his family moved to France, and MacDonald has lived in England since 1970. He has been writing plays since his early teens. Following receipt of a doctorate in Drama from the University of Exeter in 1990, MacDonald became Honorary Fellow of the Drama Department.

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