A project recording British 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
The interviews document the alternative theatre experiences of our Interviewees in the context of their background, upbringing and later occupations.
This website gives details of the interviews and interviewees with audio and video extracts. For information on where the interviews can be viewed in full see Viewing Interviews.
Unfinished Histories are delighted to announce a recent substantial award from the Heritage Lottery Fund to begin developing our Companies list web pages and creating a related exhibition to be shown at Oval House, Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre and Kentish Town Community Centre, November 2013 – February 2014. See News for more details.
Please visit News for news updates and information on the Fun Art Bus (Inter-Action) re-creation project and the Palatine project: alternative theatre learning resource.
Company: Unfinished Histories Ltd (formerly In Tandem TC)
Board: Danny Braverman (Chair), Susan Croft, Jessica Higgs, Vanessa Lee and Carole Woddis
Advisors: Naseem Khan, Ruth Mackenzie, Kate Owen, Philip Osment, Paulette Randall, Nabil Shaban, Lily Susan Todd
Supporting Unfinished Histories
Unfinished Histories relies largely on voluntary effort including that of its Co-Directors. Its capacity to fulfill its aims and activities is therefore dependent on the active participation and support of individuals. For further details on how to support the project please refer to Supporting Us:
>Under Donations you will find information on how to make a donation to the project
>Contributing to this site - what to do if you would like to help us create web pages for you, your company’s or venue’s alternative theatre work
>Volunteering gives a range of interesting volunteer jobs on offer, from research to interviewing and editing to fund raising.
We are grateful to the following trusts, institutions and individuals for their support:
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
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.