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Queen's Film Theatre

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Brian Friel Theatre

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BT7 1NN

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The use of creative methods to explore the legacies of WW1 offers a powerful way to engage with the past in the present. Since 2014, the Living Legacies 1914-18 Engagement Centre at Queen’s University, Belfast has supported a wide variety of community groups in their use of creative writing, drama, and performance to interrogate the complex narratives that exist within the context of remembering the past in Northern Ireland.

This event will celebrate how community groups from throughout the United Kingdom have used artistic methods to communicate their own local history through the media of live performance and film. An afternoon symposium, which will include some of this work, will explore how these creative means can be used to investigate the human experience of history and bring that experience to life for audiences and communities today.


Programme:

14:00 Introduction - Using performance methods to interrogate and re-present the past, Dr. Kurt Taroff

14:15 The MARRI Project by Dr. Kurt Taroff and Dr. Michelle Young

The Medals All Round Research Initiative was a unique community theatre project which explored how drama-based interventions could negotiate contested histories in the context of Northern Ireland’s commemorations of the centenary of the First World War. This presentation explores how an engagement with historical memory through drama can impinge upon attitudes and opinions within different participating communities and within a post-conflict society as a whole.

14:45 Cap-a-Pie Theatre Company, by Katie Vanden

Cap-a-Pie have created professional theatre shows, community productions and drama projects in the classroom which have focussed on parts of First World War heritage that have been hidden or forgotten. This presentation will share how drama can make us think differently about the war years and our lives today.

15:05 The Living Graphic Novel - Grey Owl on the Western Front, by Keiron Maguire

This presentation relays the experience of Hastings born Archie Belaney who signed up with the 13th Montreal Battalion – the Canadian Black Watch. The screening will be accompanied by a live musical performance.

15:25 Men Behind the Glass Project, by the Poetry Slammers

Pupils from secondary schools in Belfast present a selection of their own poetry which was written in response to Campbell College's historical connections to WWI.

15:45 Bringing Schools Heritage to Life, by Cathy Law

As part of Campbell College’s Shared Heritage programme, the Men Behind the Glass project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, set out to remember the 127 Old Campbellians who lost their lives in WW1. The wish was to bring their stories to life using the College archives and engaging audiences of all ages in East Belfast and beyond. The project worked in partnership with PRONI and opened up access to College archives for all, creating a legacy for learning that continues to have an impact in schools across Belfast.

16:05 We're Here Because We're Here, by Jeremy Deller and Jimmy Fay Lyric Theatre

16:25 Pride in Performing the Past, by Paul and Gertie Whitfield

Whitworks Adventures in Theatre will present how a World War I Heritage Lottery funded a project in a primary school in an ex-coalfield community actively contributed to community cohesion and pride. They will share how they used local history to stimulate creative writing and how that contributed to the Christmas performance sharing the WW1 stories. The presentation will explore the construction and creation process of the show, actively demonstrating some elements of the performance and share the powerful impact of the project.

16:45 Round Table Discussion

17:30 Close

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