You don't belong here: Blood and Chocolate and British remembrance rituals

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Abstract

This article argues that the promenade theatre project Blood and Chocolate (York, 2013) offered a theatrical rebuttal to widespread British revisionist, celebratory views of the First World War that draw authority from annual remembrance rituals such as poppy-wearing and the two minute silence. Building on Richard Schechner’s argument that rituals ‘make belief’ I propose that over time, remembrance rituals have been exploited in order to make – or remake – history. This history does not come from the past, but exploits an idea of the past for contemporary political gain. By contrast, Blood and Chocolate dramatized aspects of history but emphasised its own theatricality in order to stress the absolute separateness of past and present.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-349
JournalStudies in Theatre and Performance
Volume37
Issue number3
Early online date25 Aug 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Promenade theatre
  • Remembrance rituals
  • World War One
  • Commemoration
  • Historiography debates
  • Political performance

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