Russia, Freaks and Foreigners

Three Performance Texts

James MacDonald

James MacDonald

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

224 pages | 2 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2008
Paper $28.50 ISBN: 9781841501864 Published July 2008
Russia, Freaks and Foreigners is a collection of three thematically linked plays set against the backdrop of a fractured, post-Soviet Russian 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. Russia, Freaks and Foreigners is a daring portrayal of disability from the inside.
 
Contents

Introduction

 

Part One: Texts

 

Bread and Circus Freaks

 

The Sweetheart Zone

 

Emigrés

 

Part Two: Essays

 

Getting to Know James MacDonald

Peter Thomson

 

Director’s Notes

Martin Harvey

 

Freaks, Food and Fairy Tales: Confronting the Limits of Disability in Bread and Circus Freaks

Thomas Fahy

 

Epilogue

Su Elliott

 

Contributors

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