Performing Wales

People, Memory and Place

Author(s): Lisa Lewis

Language: English

Genre(s): Media Film and Theatre

  • May 2018 · 320pages · 216x138mm

  • ·Paperback - 9781786832429
  • · eBook - epub - 9781786832443
  • · eBook - mobi - 9781786832450
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781786832436

About The Book

Beginning from the premise that culture can be analysed as performance, this study approaches Welsh culture as performative practice and explores four distinct cultural areas – the Museum, Heritage, Festival and Theatre – concentrating on how they contribute to a shared sense of identity among participants. Through specific examples, the author traces the way cultural performance in Wales both creates and sustains specific relationships between people, memory and place, revealing reflections of ourselves and constituting our remembrances of others and of history. The discussion emphasizes the significance of performance in voicing issues of identity within a peripheral context – a position informed by the author’s own perspective as a bilingual Welsh and English speaker.


List of illustrations
1People, memory and place: ideas for a consideration of Welsh performance
Cenedl: people
Cof: memory
Lle: place
Amgueddfa Werin Cymru Sain Ffagan / St Fagan’s National History Museum: people, memory and place
Sain Ffagan and the performance of culture as poiesis
3 Treftadaeth
Ail-chwarae hanes, living history: making and breaking history through performance
4 Gŵyl: festival
Eisteddfod: people, memory and place
Performing Wales in America’s Front Garden
5 Theatre Places
Brith Gof: place and poiesis
National theatres and their places
Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru: Wales as Place / The Place of Wales
Crossings in performance and technology: memory and kinesis in the work of Eddie Ladd
Notes Bibliography

About the Author(s)

Lisa Lewis

Lisa Lewis is Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies and Co-Director of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations, University of South Wales.

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