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DIS/ORDERED – Performance by Clive Parkinson (UK)

September 27, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - October 1, 2017 @ 7:30 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)
23 & 27 September

Clive Parkinson’s (UK) powerful performance-presentation, dis/ordered is a moving exploration of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), fuelled by the conviction that what psychiatry describes as ‘disorder’, may in fact be a legitimate response to the chaos of life.

dis/ordered is part personal reflection – returning to an impoverished seaside town to make sense of the unbearable. The performance also brings to light the authentic voices of people affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), questioning diagnosis and exploring the ways in which people make sense of seemingly intrusive rituals and behaviour.

A new commission for The Big Anxiety: festival of arts + science + people

Saturday 23 September 2–3pm &
Wednesday 27 September 6.30–7.30pm
$10 General
$8 MCA Members and Concessions*
Veolia Lecture Theatre, Level 2

Co-presented by the MCA and the Big Anxiety Festival

About the artist
Clive Parkinson is the Director of Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University, a specialist research unit that explores the relationship between creativity, culture, the arts and health. He is Reader in Arts, Health & Social Justice at the Manchester School of Art and a founding member of the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing. He is currently involved in research around dementia and recovery from substance misuse, and is in a long-term collaboration with partners in Lithuania. Clive regularly blogs at:

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September 27, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
October 1, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
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