Performance, Madness and Psychiatry

Isolated Acts

  • Anna Harpin
  • Juliet Foster

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction: Locating Madness and Performance

    1. Anna Harpin, Juliet Foster
      Pages 1-16
  3. Historical Perspectives

  4. Applying Performance

  5. Contemporary Practices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Dylan Tighe
      Pages 111-136
  6. Theatrical Maladies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Anna Harpin, Juliet Foster
      Pages 216-218
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 219-229

About this book


This exciting collection of essays explores the complex area of madness and performance. The book spans from the 18th century to the present and unearths the overlooked history of theatre and performance in, and about, psychiatric asylums and hospitals. The book will appeal to historians, social scientists, theatre scholars, and artists alike.


Madness in performance Performance and psychiatry Applied theatre autonomy history of theatre psychiatry theatre

Editors and affiliations

  • Anna Harpin
    • 1
  • Juliet Foster
    • 2
  1. 1.University of ExeterUK
  2. 2.University of CambridgeUK

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