Brown Bread

Miller Oduniyi, Susie; Blair, Jeff and Dennis, Fay. 2022. Brown Bread. The Sociological Review Foundation. [Other]

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This script is based on a collaboration between performers and a poet in recovery from drug and alcohol dependency, a director, and a researcher. We were brought together in 2017 by our shared interest in theatre as a mode of telling substance use stories differently and telling different kinds of substance use stories. Drama has a unique ability to stir memories and ideas through embodied movement and collaboration. In this play, we were drawn to the theme of ‘drug-related deaths’ as an ongoing public health crisis in the UK that despite getting worse every year for nearly a decade has received very little governmental action. We wanted to raise awareness of this emergency while also working to complicate the usual stories that get told around drugs as unilaterally harmful and spotlight the complex lives of the people behind the statistics. Given its troubling subject of drug-related deaths, the play refuses to tell a ‘good’ story. Instead, we aim to provoke and confuse, and with this, invite audiences to ask questions of our relationship to drugs, how we know and tell stories about them, what it is that makes them harmful, and how we can learn to live with them better.

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Sociology > Centre for Invention and Social Process (CISP) [2016-]


1 February 2022

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Date Deposited:

08 Dec 2022 12:11

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09 Dec 2022 15:24


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