The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak

Purcell-Gates, L (2015) The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak. In: Bristol Festival of Puppetry, Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol, UK, 2-3 September 2015.

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.
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Date: 2 September 2015
Funders: The Wellcome Trust, Arts Council England, Tobacco Factory Theatres
Event Location: Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol, UK

This was a touring production that visited the following locations:

10 March 2017, Michael Tippett Centre, Bath Spa University,
8-9 March 2017, North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford;
30 January-17 February 2017, Wilton's Music Hall, London; 25-28 January 2017, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol;
2-3 November 2015, New Diorama Theatre, Suspense Festival, London;
2-3 September 2015, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol Festival of Puppetry.

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.

Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2016 15:39
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2018 17:18
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