Autism and comedy: using theatre workshops to explore humour with adolescents on the spectrum

May, Shaun (2017) Autism and comedy: using theatre workshops to explore humour with adolescents on the spectrum. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 22 (3). pp. 436-445. ISSN 1356-9783. (doi: (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This paper discusses a project that used comedy workshops to explore the humour of autistic teenagers, focusing the discussion around three traits often – and negatively – associated with autism. The paper will then point to ways of rethinking these traits, and argue that doing so opens up a space for considering the aesthetics of comedy on the spectrum. In this way, I suggest that we can understand autistic humour on a model of difference rather than deficit.

Item Type: Article
Projects: [UNSPECIFIED] Comedy on the Spectrum: Exploring Humour Production in Adolescents with Autism
Uncontrolled keywords: Autism, Asperger’s, comedy, humour, neurodiversity, disability
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1655 Drama
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts
Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts > Drama and Theatre
Depositing User: Shaun May
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2017 12:01 UTC
Last Modified: 26 Dec 2018 00:00 UTC
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