‘Brand New Ancient Legends’: Creating Werewolves for a Welsh Halloween

Hand, Richard (2016) ‘Brand New Ancient Legends’: Creating Werewolves for a Welsh Halloween. Revenant, 1 (2). pp. 146-173. ISSN 2397-8791

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Abstract

Research and pedagogical interest in Grand-Guignol and popular horror performance at the University of South Wales has led to the commissioned creation of an annual public Halloween event for a council in Wales. In 2015, the event took place at a Nature Reserve with the theme of ‘Werewolves’. This article gives an account of this Practice-as-Research project, in which a large ensemble developed skills in various areas: writers investigated the lycanthropic folklore and culture of Wales and beyond; performers trained in storytelling and physical performance; and a technical and stage management team facilitated the overall experience. This article gives a detailed account of the cultural context, creative process and final production of the 2015 ‘Werewolves’ event. In so doing, it demonstrates how an ensemble working intensively on a focused project with a willing audience can present an example of a negotiated horror world through which the seeming oxymoron of a ‘brand new ancient legend’ can be inaugurated. - See more at: http://www.revenantjournal.com/contents/brand-new-ancient-legends-creating-werewolves-for-a-welsh-halloween/#sthash.cUeHFlnQ.dpuf

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: halloween,wales,werewolves,practice-as-research,grand-guignol theatre
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Film, Television and Media
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Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2017 02:39
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2020 00:41
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/62174
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