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

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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
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-173
Number of pages28
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016


  • Halloween
  • Wales
  • Werewolves
  • Practice-as-Research
  • Grand-Guignol Theatre

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