Performing witnessing: dramatic engagement, trauma and museum installations

Erika Hughes

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This article offers a discussion of two interactive museum installations, ‘Remembering the Children: Daniel’s Story’ at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, and the main exhibit at the Humanity House Museum in the Hague, Netherlands. Both are examples of what I term self-guided dramas, taking the viewer/participant on an interactive journey through which they will experience a story or event that follows a dramatic narrative structure. These exhibits take as their subject the experiences and perspective of a protagonist forced into refugee status and turn the act of witnessing into a performative engagement for the museumgoer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)274-281
Number of pages8
JournalResearch in Drama Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 3 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Museums
  • holocaust
  • process drama
  • refugees
  • story drama

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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