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Watery Wonders: Spectacular Aquatic Entertainment – Part 1, Water Takes To The Ring

As we approach the 250th anniversary of the founding of modern circus in 2018, in a series of posts Curator for Popular Entertainment, Cathy Haill, will explore aquatic entertainment in the circus.   Circuses are more generally associated with the smell of the sawdust than the waves of the water, but a recent visit to […]

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Guest Blog: Portable Theatre and the Arts Council of Great Britain Archive

Guest blogger, Dr Chris Megson, shares his experience of using the Theatre and Perfomance archive collections. Portable Theatre was a short-lived but influential company founded by David Hare and Tony Bicât in 1968. The company – named after the then ubiquitous ‘portable’ radio – was established as first and foremost a nomadic entity. Whilst touring […]

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Six things you didn’t know about the Society for Theatre Research (and its archive)

The V&A Department of Theatre and Performance recently acquired the 70-year archive of the Society for Theatre Research, full of correspondence, minutes, reports, manuscripts, posters, press cuttings and other ephemera – revealing histories of the campaign for university Drama departments, the abolishment of theatre censorship, and the protection of our British theatrical heritage. Assistant curator, […]

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Interviewing Modern and Contemporary Performance Curator, Anna Landreth-Strong

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Patience, or Getting to Grips with the D’Oyly Carte Archive

Assistant Curator within the Theatre and Performance collections, Veronica Castro talks about the process of cataloguing the D’Oyly Carte Archive. The prospect of cataloguing the D’Oyly Carte Archive was a daunting one.  Faced with hundreds of files, boxes and filing cabinets full of materials reflecting the work of generations of the D’Oyly Carte family and the […]

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Introducing the D’Oyly Carte Archive

Curator of Popular Entertainment Catherine Haill gives us a brief history of one of the jewels in the crown of the V&A Theatre and Performance collections. The D’Oyly Carte Archive is one of the most significant archives in the world relating to the operas of W.S. Gilbert (1836-1911) and Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) and their production and […]

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Peter Brook from Archive to Action: Theatre Royal Stratford East

This is a guest post by Greise Astrauskaite, a member of the Theatre Royal Stratford East Youth Theatre. The Theatre Royal have been working with the William Morris Gallery on the Peter Brook Outreach Project. The group director is Darnell Shakespeare.  My experience with the Peter Brook project is going really well. I have been learning […]

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Peter Brook from Archive to Action: The Rose Theatre Kingston

This is a guest post by Jasmine Dunne, a member of The Rose Youth Theatre. The Rose Theatre Kingston is part of the Kingston Hub, working  with the  Kingston Museum on the Peter Brook Outreach Project. The group director is Rosie Jones.  Upon arriving at the V&A, we discussed the three items we would personally […]

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Peter Brook from Archive to Action: The Rose Theatre Kingston

This is a guest post by Jake Kenny-Byrne, a member of The Rose Youth Theatre. The Rose Theatre Kingston is part of the Kingston Hub, working  with the  Kingston Museum on the Peter Brook Outreach Project. The group director is Rosie Jones.  Having only been a member of the Rose Youth Theatre for a year […]

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Peter Brook from Archive to Action: Sedgehill Hub

This is a guest post by Grace Khoo. Grace  is currently pursuing her Masters in Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has previously worked as a performer, puppeteer, production assistant and facilitator.  She graduated from the National University of Singapore’s Theatre Studies program. Grace is observing the work of Gemma […]

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