Ukrainian amateur theatre in Ukrainian POWs camp Wetzlar, Germany (Autumn 1915 – Winter 1917)

Срібняк, Ігор Володимирович and Срібняк, Мілана Ігорівна and Шнайдер, Віктор (2020) Ukrainian amateur theatre in Ukrainian POWs camp Wetzlar, Germany (Autumn 1915 – Winter 1917) Європейські історичні студії (17). pp. 108-154. ISSN 2524-048X

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The article covers specifics of Ukrainian amateur theatre functioning in the camp Wetzlar (Germany) throughout autumn 1915 – winter 1917. Its activity became possible thanks to the creation of the Mykola Lysenko Music and Drama Society which maintained the technical side of theatre production, casted plays, appointed stage directors, and was responsible for stage property and necessary stage sets. Delegated council of the society ensured financial income of the camp theatre by accumulating earned money from each performance and allocating sums for assistance to actors and other society members. Music and Drama Society worked in close rapport with leaders of Ukrainian camp organization and members of the Educational Department of the Union for the Liberation of Ukraine (ULU) in Wetzlar camp. Their full-fledged support ensured successful development of the folk theatre to a considerable degree during the initial phase of its activity. Thanks to these aspects it became possible to establish and develop the activity of the camp choir as well as brass and string bands which joined the aforementioned society on the basis of a self-regulated organization. Theatrical performances accomplished high artistic and realistic levels of depiction. Therefore, the activity of the camp theatre enabled intensification of forming Ukrainian prisoners’ of war (POWs) national identity. Each time folk music and song concerts and performances of Ukrainian playwrights' theatrical pieces awakened bright memories about Motherland among Ukrainian POWs, as well as served as a powerful method of their patriotic upbringing that supplemented the activity of educational courses and various groups that consequently enabled to raise a considerable cohort of Ukrainian citizens devoted to the Motherland.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: theatre; performance; stage play; drama; comedy; amateur actor; Music and Drama Society; Wetzlar camp; Germany
Subjects: Статті у наукометричних базах > Index Copernicus
Статті у журналах > Фахові (входять до переліку фахових, затверджений МОН)
Divisions: Факультет суспільно-гуманітарних наук > Кафедра всесвітньої історії
Depositing User: професор Ігор Володимирович Срібняк
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2020 13:06
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2020 13:06

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