CABINET OF CURIOSITIES: how disability was kept in a box

Join critically acclaimed actor and performance artist Mat Fraser for a journey through the history of disability – a history lesson with a difference.

Monday 20 January 2014

  • Reception and drinks from 6pm
  • Performance: 7pm
  • Tickets: £8 (includes glass of wine/soft drink)


Mat Fraser’s intriguing and sometimes challenging live act uses museum objects and their histories through a blend of drama, comedy and cabaret, film and music hall pastiche, to prompt us to question and rethink our own, as well as society’s, attitudes towards difference.

Drawing on inspiration gained from sifting through the many objects, medical specimens, photographs and papers held in the collections of the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons, Royal College of Physicians and the Science Museum, Mat explores the part that medical advances and the development of the medical profession have historically played in shaping our present day perceptions of disability.

Free places for companions accompanying disabled attendees. Email to reserve free places as these can't be booked online.

Post-show discussion

Lyn Gardner (The Guardian) and Emma Shepley (Curator, Royal College of Physicians) will join Mat Fraser for a post-show discussion chaired by Tony Heaton OBE (Chief Executive of SHAPE).

This event is part of Stories of a Different Kind, a collaborative project led by the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) at the University of Leicester and funded by the Wellcome Trust, with Mat Fraser, the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons, the Science Museum, the Royal College of Physicians and SHAPE, with advice and support from the Smithsonian Institution.

Mat Fraser will present three further performances of the show at: