When the world says you're no one, how do you show you are someone?
"Dwarves are still the butt of jokes. It's one of the last bastions of acceptable prejudice." Peter Dinklage
'Othering' is a powerful new performance that encourages audiences to reflect on the blasé ill-treatment of people with dwarfism, and in turn, people who are viewed as 'outside the norm'. 'Othering' reverses and inverts the gaze of the audience, revealing the world through the eyes of the performer to reveal an uncomfortable truth - that if you look different, you stand out from the crowd and gain a lot of attention but that's not always a good thing, it can be deadly.
Inspired by performer Debra Keenahan's lived experience, this provocative new work addresses the physical, social and personal dimensions of personhood to examine the subject of "being different" as an insider. By emphasising the reactions, attitudes and behaviours of the broader society in the construction of difference and disability, 'Othering' encourages audiences to experience the world 'as if' they are a person with dwarfism and reflect upon how we use words and actions to 'other' people who are seen to be different.
'Othering' was created collaboratively by Debra Keenahan, Katrina Douglas, Sean Bacon, Paul Prestipino and Kate Shanahan, and produced by Little Big Woman Productions. Dates & Times: Friday 13 January at 8pm Saturday 14 January at 2pm Saturday 14 January at 8pm - Auslan interpreted + Audio described (tactile tour at 7.15pm) Sunday 15 January at 2pm
Duration: 60 minutes (no interval)
Location: Theatre Capacity: 322 Age Suitability: Ages 16+ Includes strong language and references to sex and adult themes.
Ticket Prices: Adults $35 | Concession $25 Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre accepts NSW Companion Cards All Credit Card bookings incur a 0.55% merchant fee
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre is a cultural facility of Liverpool City Council all transactions and tickets purchases on bank statements will appear from Liverpool City Council. ACCESSIBILITY Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre is fully wheelchair accessible, including toilet facilities and a lift to all floors. There is a hearing loop in the theatre and the venue is happy to accommodate companion animals including providing water.
The 2pm matinee on Saturday 14 January will be audio described for audiences who are vision impaired.
The 8pm performance on Saturday 14 January is Auslan interpreted for audiences who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Othering has been assisted by the NSW Government through Create NSW and the Australia Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, their arts funding and advisory body.
Othering was developed with support from Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Critical Stages Touring, Cowra Civic Centre, Bundanon and Phoenix Central Park.