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Acting, interacting, enacting. Representing medical practice in theatre performance

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Spencer Hazel


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This study followed the rehearsals of a 2014 Copenhagen theatre production of Margaret Edson’s play WIT. The play depicts the pal- liative care provision of a woman diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer, with an important theme of the narrative centering around the dehumanizing practices that result from professional medical treatment of the body, rather than of the person. I adopt an interaction analytic approach to investigate how the- atre practitioners develop representations of interaction in clinical environments. The article introduces one practice from the theatre rehearsal setting – doing notes – which forms a framework within which members re ect on their performances, and discuss possi- ble modi cations to be taken up on later occasions. This is argued to be a useful practice that may prove bene cial to other profes- sional settings, such as in heathcare provision.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Hazel S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Akademisk Kvarter/Academic Quarter

Year: 2015

Volume: 12

Issue: Fall 2015

Pages: 44-64

Print publication date: 01/10/2015

Acceptance date: 27/05/2015

ISSN (electronic): 1904-0008

Publisher: Aalborg University, Aalborg