Exhibition accompanying WWI play Dedication
RCA Theatre Company commissioned playwright/novelist and 2015 writer-in-residence at Memorial, Edward Riche, to write a play about the dedication of the War Memorial on Duckworth Street in St. John’s to commemorate the First World War. On July 1, 1924, Field Marshall Douglas Haig, commander of The British Expeditionary Force in the First World War, came to St. John’s to dedicate the National War Memorial. Dedication imagines the field marshall’s morning preparing for the ceremony. The play looks at the larger causes and costs of the war, through the lens of international geopolitics and the very personal. Researchers relied upon resources at Memorial, including the newspapers currently available through the Digital Archives Initiative and the holdings in the Archives and Special Collections as well as the government documents at The Rooms Provincial Archives and City of St. John’s Archives. This project supported an exhibition that included digitized reproductions of archival material (photographs, film footage, invitations, diary/journal entries) as well as newspapers articles and headlines from Haig’s 1924 visit displayed creatively in the LSPU Hall’s Second Space during the April 2016 release of Dedication.