Polio Monologues

We held a two day development period in June in which performers Rachel Drazek and Joe Brown worked with Garry and choreographer Janice Parker to investigate creating a piece of verbatim theatre from interviews with polio survivors carried out by academic Sonali Shah. For this work Garry used the “recorded delivery” techniques pioneered by Aleky Blythe. Garry was shadowed by disabled trainee director Aly Mathews.

Following this development work a film was created and has been shown at various international academic events and we delivered a workshop at the Social Sciences fair in Glasgow in November 2016.

Following the development period, an academic paper was written by Sonali Shah reflecting on the process – this can be read here – Shah & Greer (2017) Drama and Polio article