After Them, The Flood: Remembering the Dam Busters and Bomber Command through Performance

Ellin, Dan and Lawrence, Conan (2018) After Them, The Flood: Remembering the Dam Busters and Bomber Command through Performance. In: Staging Loss Performance as Commemoration. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 109-129. ISBN 978-3-319-97969-4

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Abstract

Memorials all over Europe became sites of ritual performances of mourning and remembering by families and local communities during the twentieth century, particularly on important anniversaries (Winter). By examining performances commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Dam Busters raid commissioned by the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 2013 and the history of Bomber Command commissioned by the International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) in 2015, 2017 and 2018, this chapter examines how dramatic performance can add to participants’ experiences of official commemoration events and, if appropriate, either reinforce or question the audience’s assumptions during such occasions.

Keywords:Performance and Commemoration, War memorials, Bomber Command, Exhibition design, Heritage, Theatre
Subjects:L Social studies > L252 War & Peace studies
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V146 Modern History 1920-1949
W Creative Arts and Design > W400 Drama
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:38646
Deposited On:01 Nov 2019 15:15

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