In 2014 the 100kg iron 'welcome' gate was stolen from Dachau concentration camp. A local blacksmith made a replica. It was exactly like the original.
FORGE is the first of a new set of work about memorials, replicas, and human behaviour at spaces with difficult histories. It will ask what and who memorials are for, what should happen to places where traumatic events have taken place and who decides. It will ask about decay, hallowing, closure and our responsibility to the present.
I'll be working with female welders and metal workers, trauma tourism academics and custodians of memory.
We’ve just got some R&D support from the Arts Council, and I’m being supported by Cambridge Junction, Metal Culture- Peterborough, MGC Futures, with additional time at Royal Exchange, Manchester and The Showroom,Chichester University.
Dramaturg - Wendy Hubbard
Sound Designer - Dinah Mullen
Mentor - Karen Sherman
Mentor - Helen Paris/Curious
Producer - Claire Summerfield
First piloted at The Yard Theatre, Live Drafts, 2017, development continued at The Museum of Human Achievement, Austin May 2018.