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.
First piloted at The Yard Theatre, Live Drafts, 2017, development continued at The Museum of Human Achievement, Austin May 2018.