Prolonging life – we’re good at that! Arthur Schnitzler’s Professor Bernhardi (Performance, Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Cambridge, 28 & 29 October 2016)

The hard-edged comedy Professor Bernhardi (1912), by the great Austrian Modernist doctor-writer, Arthur Schnitzler, will be staged in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre on Cambridge University’s Downing site. An unlikely comedy, Professor Bernhardi tells the story of a Jewish doctor who prevents a Catholic priest from giving the last rites to a patient who is unaware Read the full article…

Feel It Festival: Exploring Pain & Breath Through Performance (Public Engagement, University of Bristol, 17-20 November 2016)

From the 17th to 20th of November 2016 the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research and the Life of Breath project will bring together researchers, artists and members of the public to debate and explore University of Bristol research on the experience of being human; in particular pain and breathlessness. The weekend-long Feel It Festival will see Read the full article…

Performing Migratory Identity: Performance Research on Displacement, Belonging and Auto/Bio and Participatory Biography (Workshop, Durham University, 30 October 2015)

Counterpoints Arts’ Learning Lab in partnership with the Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities, University of Durham, the Performing Arts, University of Northumbria, Platforma Arts + Refugee Network and The Forge,  reflects on the performance, film and installation work of London-based artist and researcher, Natasha Davis. 30th October 2015, 13:00 to 17:00, Lindisfarne Centre, St Read the full article…

For the best – a new play by Operating Theatre (Washington Arts Centre, 12 February 2015)

Operating Theatre produces thought-provoking drama on health and social issues using professional writers, directors and actors: Operating Theatre present… For the Best Arts Centre Washington, Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington NE38 8AB 12 February 2015 7.30pm Tickets £7.50 / £5.00 (conc) Louise has a friend. Her name is Brenda, she’s come to care about Brenda a Read the full article…

How Do We Use The Body? Examinations of (Dis)comfort (Body and Being Network Event, Oxford, 25 November 2014)

“One way of approaching the phenomenology of the actor is to consider him as a kind of storyteller whose speciality is that he is the story he is telling.” – From The Actor’s Presence: Three Phenomenal Modes by Bert O. States A performer’s body, as the cliché has it, is his or her instrument. For Read the full article…

Book Announcement: Performance, Madness and Psychiatry

Anna Harpin & Juliet Foster, eds., Performance, Madness and Psychiatry: Isolated Acts (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) This exciting collection of interdisciplinary essays explores the complex area of madness and performance. The book spans from the 18th century to the present and unearths the overlooked history of theatre and performance in, and about, psychiatric asylums and hospitals. Read the full article…

Medicine Unboxed: Students 2014 (Festival, CFP, 21 November 2014, Cheltenham)

Medicine Unboxed: Students 2014 – Friday 21st November, Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham Medicine Unboxed aims to examine medicine from the perspective of the arts and humanities, and arises from the view that good medicine demands more than scientific and technical expertise, also requiring ethical judgment, empathy, and an understanding of human experience. Last year saw Read the full article…

Cabinet of Curiosities: How Disability Was Kept in a Box (Performance, Leeds, 5th June 2014)

Critically acclaimed actor and performance artist Mat Fraser, will explore the part that medical advances and the development of the medical profession have historically played in shaping our present day perceptions of disability.   The Museum will be open from 5pm, with a drinks reception for the event at 6.15pm, followed at 7pm by a Read the full article…

The Art Of Risk (Conference, University of Leeds & Opera North, Thursday 26 June 2014)

The Art Of Risk A One-day conference brought to you by Cultural and Creative Industries Exchange and Dare, the ground-breaking partnership between University of Leeds and Opera North. Thursday 26th June 2014 Hosted at The Howard Assembly Room. BOOK TICKETS NOW! We all take risks. Whether we are an avant-garde theatre company putting on a Read the full article…