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Amateur Theatre: Heritage and Invented Traditions

  • Nadine Holdsworth
  • Jane Milling
  • Helen Nicholson
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Abstract

This chapter is concerned with amateur theatre’s relation with tangible and intangible heritage. It looks at how amateur theatre companies contribute to local cultural heritage through the custodianship of buildings, the dissemination of narratives and the generation of tangible heritage projects such as archives, recorded histories and exhibitions. Drawing on theories of material culture, it considers how material traces of performance evoke memories that become caught up in company histories and personal narratives. It explores how key elements such as names, logos, festivals and awards ceremonies might be understood as invented traditions, with specific reference to amateur theatre in the navy. It concludes with a discussion of how the digital realm is being used to disseminate histories, commemorate heritage and store memories of production processes.

Keywords

Intangible heritage Tangible heritage Invented tradition Amateur archives Cultural memory 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nadine Holdsworth
    • 1
  • Jane Milling
    • 2
  • Helen Nicholson
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Theatre and Performance StudiesUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK
  2. 2.Department of DramaUniversity of ExeterExeterUK
  3. 3.Department of Drama, Theatre and DanceRoyal Holloway, University of LondonEghamUK

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