SOAS University of London

Disability and Dyslexia Service

Cabinet of Curiosities: How Disability was kept in a box

Mat Fraser

Date: 5 February 2014Time: 7:30 PM

Finishes: 5 February 2014Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Edward Lumley Hall, Ground Floor, Royal College of Surgeons, 35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields WC2A 3PE

Type of Event: Performance

Join acclaimed actor and performance artist Mat Fraser for a journey through the history of disability. Mat's intriguing and sometimes challenging live act uses museum objects through a blend of drama, comedy, film and music hall pastiche to prompt us to question our attitudes towards difference.

Drawing on inspiration taken from the collections of the Hunterian Museum, Royal College of Physicians and the Science Museum, Mat explores the part that medical advances and the development of the medical profession have historically played in shaping our present day perceptions of disability.

This is the final performance in a series of four shows that form part of 'Stories of a Different Kind', a collaborative project led by the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries at the University of Leicester and funded by the Wellcome Trust, with Mat Fraser, The Science Museum, The Royal College of Physicians and SHAPE, with advice and support from the Smithsonian Institution.

Tickets £8 including a pre-performance reception from 6.30pm in the Hunterian Museum Council Room with free glass of wine/soft drink, bookable in advance. Free companion tickets are available for those accompanying disabled visitors.

The Royal College of Surgeons is a fully accessible venue and this performance will be BSL interpreted with a hearing loop in operation. Seats will be reserved for users of this service. Please check the museum accessibility guide and contact the museum in advance if you require any sort of assistance.  

Advance performances in London will be held on Monday 20th January 2014 at the Royal College of Physicians and Friday 31st January 2014 at the Science Museum.

Organiser: Royal College of Surgeons

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