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Titillation is a one woman show made as a response to my experiences of trying to return to performance after my body has been radically altered by surgery and treatment following my diagnosis with breast cancer and the discovery of my BRCA1 gene variation. I have been left with a new body, a body that I do not know how to present on stage. In my earlier post-cancer performance Patience (2008/9) I hide from an audience, disappear into the darkness, communicate only through language or am so confrontational that my body is blinding. Titillation is my attempt to place my cancer-marked body in the limelight; “the last time I took my clothes off in a performance I frightened all the audience. I’ll try not to scare you too much today”.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRisk and Regulation at the Interface of the Arts and Medicine
Subtitle of host publicationDangerous Currents
EditorsAlan Bleakley, Larry Lynch, Gregg Whelan
Place of PublicationNewcastle upon Tyne
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-1-4438-9888-1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017


  • arts practice
  • creative practice
  • performance
  • Medicine and the arts
  • Medical humanities


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