Lori Delaney

University of Glasgow

My research uses performance to explore experiences of breast cancer. Standardised breast cancer narratives dominate public discourse, resisting anything other than positively transformative experiences. Cancer patients’ own accounts of the illness suggest the need to extend narratives, to acknowledge that disruptive stories serve a critical function in illuminating cancer experiences, with the potential to create new knowledge. The research will examine the potential of theatre to disrupt normative breast cancer discourse through representing the complexities of lived experience of the disease. Raising awareness of disruptive narratives via autobiographical performance methods, the research will engage women to co-create outputs and develop new, collaboratively devised theatre performance(s).