Matthew Reason

Disability Arts

containedFor the last few years I have been researching   disability arts, particularly in collaboration with Mind the Gap Theatre Company. This work currently has the following strands:

I’m Me. Peer and Creative Research with Learning Disabled and Autistic Artists. (2023-25).

Research audiences for disability arts. See publication: Reason, M (2019) Ways of Watching: Fives Aesthetics of Learning Disability Theatre’. In Routledge Handbook of Disability Arts, Culture and Media. Ed. Bree Hadley and Donna McDonald. Routledge.

Staging Change and Engage Evaluation. Exploring career development and training for learning disabled performers. One output from this is the Doodle Book. 

Mind the Gap Academy Accreditation. Working with York St John University to provide HE level accreditation for MTG’s performing arts programmes for people with learning disabilities.

Some projects relating to disability arts are presented below.

Also see full publications list.

Researching Disability Theatre and Dance

Doodle Book (part 1)

The Doodle Book was developed through the course of 2019/20 in collaboration with Mind the Gap, artist Brian Hartley and a group of learning-disabled artists. The objective was to create … Continue reading

Theatres of Learning Disability

Over the past decade the work of disabled performers in theatre and dance has received an increasingly high profile, wider audiences and presentation in established venues and festivals. At the … Continue reading

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