The Citadel on Stage

The Citadel on Stage

British Military Theatre, Sports, and Recreation in Colonial Halifax

Book - 2014
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"A lively and entertaining social history of British military officers stationed in colonial Halifax. The wide range of social, theatrical, and recreational performances up until confederation and why the garrison officers were entirely involved in these activities. The main focus is on the garrison theatrical society as a social, cultural, and charitable entity and how its existence revolved around the British institutions of colonial government, religion and economics. The relationship between the theatricality of political performance and acting on stage, and how closely acting and politics are bound up with one another. While attesting that the Anglican Church supported garrison theatre the author gives a critical review of the incessant opposition by the non-conformist Puritan element in the community. He also points out that the progress of theatre, sports, and recreation in colonial Halifax parallels the rise or decline of the economy. The author paints a vivid picture of the comedy and farce inherent in upper class society and in the British institutions moored at Halifax from 1749 to 1867. Alexander Daniel Boutilier hails from Sydney Mines, Cape Breton. He lives in Fall River, Nova Scotia."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Halifax, N.S. : SVP Productions, 2014
Branch Call Number: 792.0971622 B779c
Characteristics: xii, 341 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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