The theatre of war: rememoration and the horse

McDonald, Janet (2019) The theatre of war: rememoration and the horse. In: The Palgrave handbook of artistic and cultural responses to war since 1914: the British Isles, the United States and Australasia. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Cham, Switzerland, pp. 535-551. ISBN 978-3-319-96985-5


This chapter will interrogate the intricate and relational act of memorialization through the theatre production of War Horse in order to further explain why the use of ‘live’ horse-sized puppets offer the most indelible, though initially unlikely communication of the impact of war on an audience. In order to do this, it is important to consider the act of memory in the multiple adaptations of the War Horse story, the symbolic associations with the horse throughout history, and how the interconnectedness of humans and horses is critical to understanding the impact of War Horse on an audience’s understanding and memorialization of the Great War. This paper is not a review of War Horse adaptations but an attempt to explore and describe the interfacial and relational aspects of theatre (live fictive experience) and their impact on memory, memorialization and empathy.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. The Editors and The Authors 2019.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2019 05:37
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2019 03:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: War Horse, performance theory, rememoration, live theatre, WW1
Fields of Research : 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190404 Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)

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