Collective Disruption | About Us
Our team is made up of an interdisciplinary group of researchers and artists who share concerns about the stigma surrounding dementia and how it promotes social exclusion, deprives people living with dementia of their dignity and rights as citizens, and discourages their participation in daily life. Stigma can have serious consequences for quality of life as well as the ways care is provided for both persons living with dementia and their family members. Collective Disruption is committed to critiquing this stigma and to fostering a more humanistic culture of dementia care that supports living with dementia.
Description of the Play
Cracked: new light on dementia is a one-hour, innovative research-based theatre production. It casts a critical light on society’s one-dimensional view of dementia as an unmitigated tragedy. The play was developed by Collective Disruption, an interdisciplinary group of researchers and performance artists. Made in collaboration with persons living with dementia and their family members. Cracked was informed by research conducted by the researchers in Collective Disruption.
Cracked is intended to inspire alternative ways of seeing persons with dementia. Through instilling the importance of maintaining strong relationships and reinforce the imperative for good ethical care.
Cracked follows persons with dementia and their families on their unique journeys with dementia. The journey spans from diagnosis through to their new lives in a long-term care home. The families in the play grapple with what the diagnosis means, if and how the diagnosis changes their relationships, and how they struggle to be with each other in the present where the persons with dementia call them to be.