Exhibition accompanying Resource Centre for the Arts (RCA) WWI play, Dedication

Lay Summary 

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 WWI. On July 1, 1924 Field Marshall Douglas Haig, Commander of The British Expeditionary Force in World War I came to St. John’s to dedicate the National War Memorial.  Dedication imagines the Field Marshall’s morning in St. John’s preparing for the ceremony.  The play does not revisit in great detail the tragedy of Beaumont Hamel, that story has been well served by existing plays, but 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 on the DAI 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 preview of Dedication.

St. John's
Newfoundland and Labrador
Industry Sectors 
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports and Related Industries
Start date 
18 Dec 2015
Lead Organization 
RCA Theatre Company