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Cabinet of curiosities: how disability was kept in a box
Wednesday 5 February, 7.30-9pm
Tickets £8 (includes a glass of wine/soft drink at a pre-performance reception from 6.30pm at the Hunterian Museum)
Free companion tickets are available for those accompanying disabled visitors - these must be booked by the main ticketholder when they call to reserve and pay for places.
Join critically acclaimed actor and performance artist Mat Fraser for a journey through the history of disability - a history lesson with a difference. Mat Fraser’s intriguing, and sometimes challenging, live act uses museum objects and their histories through a blend of drama, comedy and cabaret, film and music hall pastiche, to prompt us to question our attitudes towards difference.
Drawing on inspiration taken from the collections of the Hunterian Museum, Royal College of Physicians and the Science Museum, Mat explores the part that medical advances and the development of the medical profession have historically played in shaping our present day perceptions of disability.
The performance lasts approximately 1¼ hours with no interval.
The Royal College of Surgeons is a fully accessible venue and this performance will be BSL interpreted with a hearing loop in operation. To plan your journey to the RCS, please check our accessibility guide.
This is the final performance in a series of four shows that form part of ‘Stories of a Different Kind’, a collaborative project led by the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) at the University of Leicester and funded by the Wellcome Trust, with Mat Fraser, the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons, the Science Museum, the Royal College of Physicians and SHAPE, with advice and support from the Smithsonian Institution.