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Messy Connections: Creating Atmospheres of Addiction Recovery Through Performance Practice (Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies)

Messy Connections: Creating Atmospheres of Addiction Recovery Through Performance Practice (Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies)

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Publication Date: April 25th, 2024
Publisher:
Routledge
ISBN:
9781032220727
Pages:
122
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Description

This book examines performance practices that involve people in recovery from addiction, theorising such practices as recovery-engaged.

Focusing on examples of practice from a growing movement of UK-based recovery arts practitioners and performers, it highlights a unique approach to performance that infuses an understanding of lived experiences of addiction and recovery with creative practice. It offers a philosophy of being in recovery that understands lived experience, and performance practice, as a dynamic system of interrelations with the human and nonhuman elements that make up the societal settings in which recovery communities struggle to exist. It thereby frames the process of recovery, and recovery-engaged performance, as an affective ecology - a system of messy connections. Building upon ideas from posthumanist research on addiction, cultural theory on identity and new materialist interpretations of performance practice, it considers how such contemporary theory might offer additional ways of thinking and doing arts practice with people affected by addiction. The discussion highlights the distinct aesthetics, ethics and politics of this area of performance practice.

This study will be of great interest to students and scholars in Applied Theatre and Critical Arts and Mental Health studies.

About the Author

Cathy Sloan is a Senior Lecturer in Applied and Socially Conscious Theatre at the University of West London. She is co-founder of the Addiction-Recovery Arts network and Performing Recovery magazine. Her artistic practice specialises in a recovery-engaged ethos of collaborative theatre-making, specifically with addressing lived experiences addiction and associated wellbeing issues.