Performance and Disability
Dr Margaret Ames

Cyrff Ystwyth performance

My research is based in practice. I have been working since 1987 with dance-theatre company Cyrff Ystwyth where people with and without learning disabilities follow the work of colleagues with learning disabilities.

This approach is the reverse of the more usual model within the arts where people with learning disabilities are encouraged to take part in performance but are led by non-disabled facilitators.

Learning-disabled people continue to be on the margins of society. Often people who find it hard to manage our complex world are involved in theatre practice because it can be beneficial. However, learning-disabled people who have the opportunity to lead creative projects reveal new approaches to choreography and themes, drawing on their particular experiences, views and knowledge. It can also alter the perceptions of learning disability among people without learning disabilities.

Further Information

Dr Margaret Ames

Academic Department

Department of Theatre, Film & Television Studies