On Failures


  • Patrick Blenkarn Simon Fraser University


This article takes issue with the discourse of celebrating failure in contemporary theatre practice and pedagogy by looking at Sara Jane Bailes’ 2011 book, Performance Theatre and the Poetics of Failure. I argue that there is more than one kind of failure and that more attention must be paid to the assumptions and values we place on these failures, particularly when striving to politicize “failure” as a concept.

Author Biography

Patrick Blenkarn, Simon Fraser University

Patrick Blenkarn is an artist based in Vancouver. He is an MFA student at Simon Frasery University. He has an undergraduate degree in philosophy, theatre, and film from the University of King's College.