Wit: Making Art out of Illness

Royal Exchange Theatre Platform Events in association with University of Manchester

  • 6 February 2016
  • The Theatre

Is it possible to make great art from illness? Are there special challenges in this – for theatre-makers and for audiences?

To accompany the striking and sharply funny Pulitzer prize winning WIT, join us in the Theatre for an uplifting, thought-provoking lunchtime discussion with panellists Dr Sheila McCormick (Lecturer in Performance at University of Salford), Josh Coates (theatre-maker and Royal Exchange Theatre Supported Artist), and Dr Katherine Taylor (Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University).

Dr Sheila McCormick is a theatre maker and lecturer in performance at the University of Salford. Combining her previous career as a qualified general nurse with her present one in theatre and performance, her research interests include applied theatre, medical humanities and performance and health.

Josh Coates is an emerging theatre maker from Bolton and is the Royal Exchange's first Supported Artist. His work explores the role of the storyteller and of autobiography in contemporary performance. His show GET YOURSELF TOGETHER is about being ill and being fit for work. It explores the fine line between the clinical and political, and he'll be performing it in The Studio in May.

Dr Katherine Taylor is currently employed in Arts for Health at MMU where she is investigating the impact of arts based practices for people with dementia, and those who care for them. She has published research exploring the links between art and mental health, and the effect of extreme moods, or bipolar disorder, on creative activity.

Tickets £5. Book via Box Office on 0161 833 9833 or online

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  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Theatre

    DATE & TIME: Saturday 6 February, 12pm - 1pm


    BOOK TICKETS: Box Office 0161 833 9833 / online

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