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Four Plays about Disability: Agency

This book is comprised of four-esteemed plays for undergraduate drama performance exploring the world of disability through the backdrop of history. Wellclose Square revisits the Whitechapel murders to explore the origins of criminal genetic engineering; Unsex Me Here uncovers the hidden Nazi programme of genocide against the disabled; Gnarled explores the life and times of a hideously disabled prostitute in the Victorian era—who survived into her 80s, and Cripplegate, recently zoomed with distinguished professional actors, is a personal account of disabled trial and triumph.

Together, the plays offer students and general readers alike, a riveting panorama of disabled life, characterised by Joyce Carol Oates as “the triumph of twisted”.


James MacDonald, born with life-defining cerebral palsy, holds a doctorate and associate fellowship in Drama from the University of Exeter, where 20 of his plays have been performed as undergraduate coursework. He is the author of Eight Performance Texts about Disability.

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ISBN: 1-5275-0494-8

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-0494-3

Release Date: 25th April 2023

Pages: 250

Price: £64.99

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