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Disability Inclusion in Theatre Arts
March 3, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pmFree
Theatre and Disability is a subject focusing on the inclusion of disability within a theatrical experience. Disability may be included as the subject of a theatrical work, or represented in a character. Disability in the theatre has been a prevalent but sensitive topic for many years now. More often than not, a theatrical production will choose to exclude the use of actors with disability in a role of a character. Similarly in most cases; characters are written without any disabilities and if they somehow happen to have any form of disability, then they are portrayed as weak, burden or funny.
Thousands of people, attend the theater each year, allowing them to gain insight and become educated on various social and political topics. Without the inclusion of disability in the theatre, issue of disability will never be mainstreamed and people with disabilities will continue to feel isolated.
In this pretext, a casual discussion will be carried out during this session on status of disability inclusion in Nepali theatres: where we are now and what we should aim for! Speakers representing both disability rights movement and Nepali theatre fraternity will share their views on this issue.
Sagar Prasai is a disability rights campaigner and is currently president at Sangai Hami, non profit organisation whose objective is to bring persons with and without disabilities together in development. Mr Prasai is also a theatre enthusiast.
Mairi Taylor (Birds of Paradise) has experience of working with theatres, galleries and museums and with a range of audiences. Birds of Paradise Theatre was formally established in 1993 is Scotland’s first touring theatre company employing disabled and non-disabled actors. As BOP’s Executive Producer Mairi has overseen several productions and tours, most recently the award winning My Left / Right Foot the Musical. Krishna Shah Yatri (Not Confirmed) Another Mainstream theatre director/artist
Manish Prasai is currently program manager at National Federation of the Disabled – Nepal, which is umbrella network of persons with disabilities. A person with physical disability himself, Manish will bring the voice of disability community in the discussion. He is a musician and also a regular viewer of Nepali theatre.
Dayahang Rai is director, play writer and theatre artist. He is one of the most popular and acclaimed actors in Nepal. He has starred in 40 plus films and is one of the leading contemporary actors in Nepal.