The Ugly Duckling and How the
Pretty Kids Got All the Cake
9:35 – 10:05 / IMAX
Kiruna Stamell (UK)
Actress, inc. National Theatre, Life’s Too Short,
“Artists can play important roles as game changers, telling stories that challenge society. I am often disappointed though that too frequently, they just reinforce the status quo, particularly when we are talking about what is and isn’t beautiful, sexy or acceptable as a body. Even when they tell stories about people who are ‘others’ – disabled, have an impairment, or even just a big nose – the truth of the story is undercut because so much praise is heaped on the non-disabled actor, who we all know to be a super-hottie, for playing someone considered undesirable.” – Kiruna Stamell.
Join performer Kiruna Stamell for a discussion about the importance of ‘truth’ when producing work about disability and the disabled experience.