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Interdependent Magic - Disability Performance in Canada

Interdependent Magic

Disability Performance in Canada

Edited by Jessica Watkin
Subjects: Disability Theatre, Comedy, Environmental Issues, Death, Grief & Loss, Mental Health, Women Writers, Political Theatre, Deaf Theatre, Feminist Theatre, 2SLGBT / Queer Theatre, Nonfiction / Essays, Anthologies
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780369102867, 224 pages, March 2022
Ebook (PDF) : 9780369102874, 250 pages, March 2022
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780369102881, 250 pages, March 2022
Audiobook (MP3) : 9780369102898, 224 pages, March 2022


  • Joint winner, Patrick O'Neill Award 2023
  • Nominated, Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play for "Access Me" 2024


Interdependent Magic: Disability Performance in Canada is a collection of plays and interviews by, for, and about Disabled theatre artists that invites readers into the magical worlds of Disability arts culture.

The book features four plays as well as an interview with artist Niall McNeil. In Smudge by Alex Bulmer, a woman details her journey toward Blindness, mourning what she loses and discovering what her other senses provide. Access Me by Boys in Chairs Collective is a celebration of sex and Disability, providing an all-access safe space to spin around. Antarctica by Syrus Marcus Ware imagines a world where racialized people have survived multiple catastrophes and must begin terraforming a new colony. And in Deafy by Chris Dodd, a Deaf public speaker takes the audience on an unexpected journey of discovering what it really means to belong.


In Interdependent Magic, magic is rendered through Jessica Watkin’s indomitable leadership in gathering a set of intrepid Disabled artists to ritualize change.

- Patrick O’Neill Award, Canadian Association for Theatre Research