Welcome to Unfinished Histories


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.


Don’t miss our new video celebrating the work of Unfinished Histories so far and launching our new INDIEGOGO CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN to sponsor more Unfinished Histories interviews and to train up a dedicated team of interviewers…  Click HERE for details.



We are very grateful to the following people who have already contributed to our campaign: Meri Jenkins, Amanda Sebestyen, Georgina Newson, Pam Schweitzer…[more]
Music: Jam Today  Photo: Roger Perry

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.

> News including updates on HLF project: Company Links, New Company pagesFun Art Bus (Inter-Action) re-creation project and Palatine project: alternative theatre learning resource

> Forthcoming Events 

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:

> Donations

> 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 grateful to the following trusts, institutions and individuals for their support:

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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, Arcola Theatre


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.
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