Recording the history of Alternative Theatre, 1968 -88, through interviews and the collecting of archive material. Companies involved were among some of the first Black, Asian, lesbian, gay, women’s, disabled, political, experimental, TIE and community-based theatre groups seen in Britain. Work ranged from experiments in physical and visual theatre or performance art, to vernacular drama, agit-prop and satire, championing a generation of artists whose work has influenced and shaped present day theatre.
Interviews and website
This website contains material taken from our interviews with practitioners active in the alternative theatre movement (see Interviewees) as well as giving extensive information on Companies – including our 50 newly launched company pages, Individuals and relevant Organisations, with links to related projects and archives.
Supporting Unfinished Histories
Unfinished Histories relies largely on voluntary effort. Its capacity to fulfill its aims and activities is therefore dependent on the active participation and support of individuals. If you would like to support us you can do so in the following ways:
> Contributing to this site – help us create web pages for you, your company’s or venue’s alternative theatre work
> Volunteering - gives a range of volunteer opportunities on offer, from research to interviewing and editing to fund raising
We are currently working together with the Arcola Theatre
We are grateful to the following trusts, institutions and individuals for their support:
The Heritage Lottery Fund funded our 2012-13 Company Links project highlighting the alternative theatre companies who worked and were based in Camden and Lambeth
Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust for funding the website
Unity Theatre Trust, Lipman-Miliband Trust, Awards for All, Society for Theatre Research, Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance
With thanks to:
British Library Sound Archive, V&A Theatre Collections, Sheffield University, Syracuse University London Centre, Bristol University Theatre Collections, Chris Barlas, Cicely Berry, Kenneth Branagh, Anna Cartaret, Cordelia Ditton, Jodi Myers, Prunella Scales, Adele Salem, Sarah Vernon and Joanna Wade. Also to graphic designer Mark Bromley.
Every effort has been made to trace the copyright holders of all images and information used. If you can provide details of owners please contact us.