Freaks Of History by Macdonald James
Disability studies have long been the domain of medical and pedagogical academics. However in recent years the subject has outgrown its clinical origins. In iFreaks of History/i James MacDonald presents two dramatic explorations of disability within the wider themes of sexuality gender foreignness and the Other. Originally directed by Martin Harvey and performed by undergraduate students at the University of Exeter iWellclose Square/i and iUnsex Me Here/i analyze cultural marginalization against the backdrop of infamous historical events. MacDonald who is cerebral palsied recognizes that disability narratives are rarely written by and for disabled people. Therefore his plays accompanied by critical essays and director s notes are a welcome addition to the emerging discourse of Crip theory and essential reading for disability students and academics alike.'