Remembering forbidden memories: Community theatre and the politics of memory

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This article demonstrates how community theatre enables marginalized groups to remember their forbidden memories and thus re-form their blocked cultural histories. I focus here on the Mizrahi group (Jews originating from Arab countries) in Israel and the way it appropriates community theatre as a tactic to articulate its own memories and history. In order to introduce community theatre as a particular alternative mnemonic practice within marginalized communities I present here together three alternative remembering systems: Countermemory, community of memory, and performing history and show their connection to community theatre. I then analyse three community theatre productions which present community theatre as a popular form of performing history through which the Mizrahi actors produced a countermemory that contributed to the consolidation of their community into a community of memory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-283
Number of pages15
JournalSocial Identities
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2006


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