The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak: an investigation into puppetry as an analytic to deepen understanding of ethical and historical issues within the medical humanities

Purcell-Gates, L (2015) The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak: an investigation into puppetry as an analytic to deepen understanding of ethical and historical issues within the medical humanities. In: Bristol Festival of Puppetry (2-3 Sep 2015), Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol, 2-3 September 2015, 2-3 November 2015, 25-28 January 2017, 30 January - 18 February 2017, 8-9 March 2017, 10 March 2017.

Item Type: Performance
Creators: Purcell-Gates, L
Abstract: The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak is an original puppet chamber opera, funded by the Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England, which explores the true story of 18th-century French medical anomaly Tarrare. Dr Purcell-Gates, Primary Investigator and Creative Director of Puppetry, used practice-based puppetry research to investigate the rise of the autopsy, and its influence on the late 18th-century development of the medical model of the doctor-patient relationship, through the case study of a medical 'monster' and the doctor who treated him.
Contributors:
ContributionNameID
Scientific advisorBates, AlanUNSPECIFIED
Research team memberLee, JohnUNSPECIFIED
Research team memberTurner, DavidUNSPECIFIED
Research team memberCarel, HaviUNSPECIFIED
DirectorCalvert-Ennals, SitaUNSPECIFIED
ComposerPoster, TomUNSPECIFIED
LibrettistPoster, TobiUNSPECIFIED
ArtistNaylor, HattieUNSPECIFIED
DesignerWood, RebeccaUNSPECIFIED
Lighting designerParry, MarkUNSPECIFIED
ArtistPowell, EmmaUNSPECIFIED
ActorPoster, TobiUNSPECIFIED
ActorNakamura, AyaUNSPECIFIED
SingerLongden, MichaelUNSPECIFIED
SingerHarlock, DanielUNSPECIFIED
MusicianChang, An-TingUNSPECIFIED
MusicianRowe, KatyUNSPECIFIED
Official URL: http://www.wattleanddaub.co.uk/tarrare
Date: 2 September 2015
Funders: The Wellcome Trust, Arts Council England, Tobacco Factory Theatres
Event Location: Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol
Additional Locations: Suspense Festival, New Diorama Theatre, London (2-3 Nov 2015), Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol (25-28 Jan 2017), Wilton's Music Hall, London (30 Jan - 18 Feb 2017), North Wall, Oxford (8-9 Mar 2017), Michael Tippett Centre, Bath Spa University (10 Mar 2017)
Note:

Laura Purcell-Gates was Primary Investigator for the Wellcome Trust-funded project, and Creative Director of Puppetry for the show.

The show toured the UK in 2015 and 2017 with its related public engagement event, and will tour internationally in 2019.

This research was funded by the Wellcome Trust’s Small Arts Award (£30,000). Extension funding of £40,000 awarded by the Wellcome Trust for a 2017 UK tour of the show with the related public engagement event Performing the Freak, performed at University of Manchester, Cambridge University, The North Wall Oxford, and Bath Spa University. Two additional awards of £15,000 (£30,000 total) were awarded by Arts Council England for the development of the show, and Tobacco Factory Theatres funded and supported research and development of the show in 2013-14 through their Associate Artists scheme.

Keywords: Puppet, puppetry, medical humanities, autopsy, disability
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Bath School of Music & Performing Arts
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2019 13:23
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2020 15:04
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