Exiled Across the Mersey: Performing religio-cultural identity at the borders with the Liverpool Welsh

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Abstract

This paper juxtaposes the hybridised, religio-cultural distinctiveness of traditional articulations of Liverpool Welsh identity with discoveries made during the creation of the semi-autobiographical performance Cartref/At Home and the exhibition Cegin y Capel/The Chapel Kitchen. The Liverpool Welsh are a community of Welsh ‘ex-pats’ living in Liverpool though historically the relationship between the Northern Welsh and Liverpool has been ambivalent. In common with many ‘colonised’ peoples, Welsh people have ‘never simply and completely opposed’ English society (Ashcroft, Griffiths, & Tiffin, 1998, 12-13), nor have they ever completely rejected the influence of Liverpool on their culture and industry, even after the flooding of Capel Celyn (1965) became such a resounding symbol of their colonised status. Today, the community is largely invisible to other Liverpudlians. Self-described exiles, the Liverpool Welsh view themselves as a Welsh language community located in England. Key aspects of the community’s identity are chronicled by its male leadership, expressed through the prism of Welsh Nonconformism. This paper re-examines the significance of more traditional articulations of the Liverpool Welsh community’s distinctiveness, calling for a more inclusive, multi-vocal approach to chronicling its histories, one that better represents the range of experiences contained within the community in the twenty-first century.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)5-23
Number of pages19
JournalPerformance, Religion and Spirituality
Volume3
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2020

Keywords

  • Liverpool
  • Wales
  • Welsh history
  • Liverpool Welsh
  • feminism
  • feminist methodology
  • feminist criticism
  • practice as research
  • Theatre
  • performance

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  • Cegin y Capel

    HERON, EMMA. & John, E., 2 Jun 2018

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

  • Cartef

    HERON, EMMA. & John, E., 21 Jun 2017

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

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