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 & 2-3 November 2015.

Item Type: Performance
Creators: Purcell-Gates, L
Abstract: The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak is a unique fusion of puppetry and contemporary chamber opera detailing the story of real-life 18th-century French medical anomaly Tarrare. Wattle & Daub collaborated with pathologist Dr Alan Bates, award-winning playwright Hattie Naylor, internationally-renowned pianist and composer Tom Poster, Bristol University's Medical Humanities programme, and an academic advisory panel. Through a darkly compelling yet riotously enjoyable show they explore the rise of the autopsy, and its influence on 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
Additional Locations: Suspense Festival, New Diorama Theatre, London

Laura Purcell-Gates was PI for the Wellcome Trust-funded project.

This research was funded by the Wellcome Trust’s Small Arts Award (£30,000) with extension funding of £40,000 awarded by the Wellcome Trust in 2016 for a UK tour of the show with the related public engagement event Performing the Freak: a dialogue between theatre and science about monstrosity, to be held at Bart’s Pathology Museum in London, at the medical humanities event Medicine Unboxed in Cheltenham, and in collaboration with medical departments at 8 universities across the UK. Additional funding of £15,000 was awarded by Arts Council England for the development of the show.

Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2016 15:39
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2018 17:39
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