Celebrating Oval House

An event celebrating the work of Peter Oliver, who ran Oval House from 1961-1974, and Kate Crutchley, the venue’s programmer in the 1980s.

The first half of the evening paid tribute to the life and work of Peter Oliver (1926-2007) through a series of speakers who knew him personally. The second half took the form of a live interview with Kate Crutchley and Susan Croft using video footage from the Unfinished Histories series:  Women’s Theatre 1970s and 1980s. The event included an exhibition of material focusing on Unfinished Histories interviewees and their work alongside material on Oval House in the early years and some of the companies who played there. As part of the evening, youth theatre members conducted a series of short interviews with attending audience members, including former youth club members from the early 1960s, and members of experimental companies who worked there at the time, such as Sidewalk Theatre, Lumiere and Son, The Wee Wees and Incubus.

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