The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak: Puppetry as a practice-based analytic within the medical humanities (2014-2017)

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Tarrare the Freak is a project which negotiates a model of puppetry as a practice-based analytic to deepen understanding of ethical and historical issues within the medical humanities. In the Tarrare project, Purcell-Gates investigated the use of puppets to both portray and critique the medical gaze, with the three areas of intervention including; ethical engagement, historiographic displacement of conventional historical narratives of the ‘progress’ of modern medicine and materialising the medical gaze. The piece showcased at the Bristol Festival of Puppetry (Tobacco Factory Theatres, September 2015) and Suspense Festival, London (New Diorama Theatre, November 2015), and toured the UK in 2017 including a 3-week run at Wilton’s Music Hall, London. The tour also included a public engagement event titled ‘Performing the Freak’ that paired the show’s creators with medical and medical humanities professionals, disability artists and scholars of monstrosity and disability to explore key themes of the show for a public audience.

This Collection comprises a body of creative and critical work that investigates a series of research questions from a variety of angles, via a documented performance, public engagement event, and published journal article. Contextualising information includes a 300-word statement, research timeline, and research questions, as well as websites documenting elements of the collaborative processes involved in the production.

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Purcell-Gates, Laura (2021): The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak: Puppetry as a practice-based analytic within the medical humanities (2014-2017). BathSPAdata. Collection. https://doi.org/10.17870/bathspa.c.5039789.v3
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Arts Council England

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