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Real Scars and Imaginary Healings: staging Derry-Londonderry in the Year of Culture.

Maguire, Thomas (2014) Real Scars and Imaginary Healings: staging Derry-Londonderry in the Year of Culture. In: International Federation for Theatre Research Conference, University of Warwick. None. 13 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Abstract

Having been designated as the inaugural UK City of Culture for 2013, Derry-Londonderry staged a significant number of large-scale outdoor events over the course of that year. These events had multiple purposes and functions, including contributing to economic regeneration and re-imaging the city, repairing the damage of the decades of violent conflict in Northern Ireland generally and economic under-investment in the city in particular. Focusing on the use of the former military base at Ebrington as a cultural and performance venue, this paper explores the relationships between the different publics of its past and present. The re-developed site itself is materially marked by its various historical uses (palimpsests), while at the same time specific redevelopments have created gaps (scars) that silence this history. The argument is that the site hosted multiple performances that articulated conflicting discourses while at the same time making material an environment through which peace might be experienced.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Keywords:performance, peace-building, Derry, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK City of Culture
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of Creative Arts and Technologies
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Arts and Humanities Research Institute > Creative Arts and Technologies
ID Code:29876
Deposited By: Dr Thomas Maguire
Deposited On:10 Aug 2014 19:42
Last Modified:10 Aug 2014 19:42

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