Arts Council of Great Britain: records, 1928-1997


Series description

Series title: Drama Department: Theatre Writing, 1952-1991
Reference: ACGB/40
Extent: 414 folders

Context

The Drama Department was mainly responsible for administering grants to and assessing the work of the Council's revenue and annual drama clients and for administering project grants and awards. It also operated the Council's schemes to encourage new writing for the theatre, which had started in 1952. The committee with responsibility for new writing began as a sub-commmittee of the Drama Panel, referred to as the New Drama Sub-Committee until October 1966, when it becomes the New Drama Committee; in April 1975 it changes name to the New Writing Committee and changes again in December 1978 to the Theatre Writing Committee. In 1980, when the Arts Council undertook a major re-structuring of its panels and committees, new writing returned to being the responsibility of a sub-committee - the Theatre Writing and Bursaries Sub-Committee.

Scope and content

This series incorporates the Drama Department records which were originally marked as "New Drama I", "New Drama II", "Theatre Writing" (pink numbers[arabic]) and "Theatre Writing" (roman numerals). It also contains any miscellaneous material which relates to Theatre Writing.

The items in this series have been arranged into five categories (1) Plays (2) Clients of the committee/sub-committee (3) Arts Council Panels, Committees, and Schemes, associated with New Drama (4) Groups connected with new drama (5) Correspondence, Enquiries, Miscellaneous. Within each category, items are generally arranged chronologically and the orginal references have been noted.

Access

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Restrictions on access

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Detailed catalogue

Reference Description Dates
ACGB/40/122 New Drama Register Pages
2 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box XXVII
1952-1968
ACGB/40/1 New Play Awards / Plays recommended for New Drama Guarantees
3 folders
Previous ref: New Drama Series I Box A1
1954-1959
ACGB/40/2 Plays not offered New Drama Guarantees
4 folders
Previous ref: New Drama series I Box A2
1955-1957
ACGB/40/3 Plays recommended for New Drama Guarantees
1 box
Previous ref: New Drama Series I Box B
1955-1963
ACGB/40/4 Plays recommended for New Drama Guarantees
4 folders
Previous ref: New Drama Series I Box C
1957-1962
ACGB/40/5 Plays recommended for New Drama Guarantees
6 folders
Previous ref: New Drama Series I Box D1
1957-1963
ACGB/40/6 Plays recommended for Second Guarantees / Plays submitted for reading, 1960/61
4 folders
Previous ref: New Drama Series 1 Box D2
1957-1963
ACGB/40/8 Plays recommended for New Drama Guarantees, 1963-64
3 folders
Previous ref: New Drama Series I Boxes F and 1 F
1958-1966
ACGB/40/7 Plays offered 2nd guarantees and those not recommended, 1962-63
5 folders
Previous ref: New Drama Series I Boxes E and G
1961-1963
ACG/40/9 Plays not recommended for New Drama Guarantees, 1964-65
3 folders
Previous ref: New Drama Series I Boxes E and G
1962-1965
ACGB/40/10 Plays recommended for New Drama Guarantees, 1965-67
3 folders
Previous ref: New Drama Series I Box H1
1962-1969
ACGB/40/23 'Neglected Plays' recommended and not recommended for New Drama Guarantees
3 folders
Previous ref: New Drama Series I Box N1
1963-1966
ACGB/40/11 Plays recommended for New Drama Guarantees, 1965-67
3 folders
Previous ref: New Drama Series I Box H2
1965-1968
ACGB/40/12 Plays recommended for New Drama Guarantees, 1965-67
2 folders
Previous ref: New Drama Series I Box H3
1965-1968
ACGB/40/14 Plays recommended and not recommended for New Drama Guarantees, 1967-69
2 folders
Previous ref: New Drama Series I Box J
1965-1969
ACGB/40/13 Plays not recommended for New Drama Guarantees
3 folders
Previous ref: New Drama Series I Box H4
1965-1969
ACGB/40/15 Plays recommended for New Drama Guarantees, 1968-69
3 folders
Previous ref: New Drama Series I Box K1
1965-1969
ACGB/40/24 'Neglected Plays' recommended and not recommended for New Drama Guarantees
3 folders
Previous ref: New Drama Series I Box N2
1966-1970
ACGB/40/18 Plays recommended for New Drama Guarantees, 1969-70
4 folders
Previous ref: New Drama Series I Boxes L1 and L2
1966-1970
ACGB/40/16 Plays recommended for New Drama Guarantees, 1968-69
2 folders
Previous ref: New Drama Series I Box K2
1967-1969
ACGB/40/21 Plays recommended for New Drama Guarantees, 1970-71
2 folders
Previous ref: New Drama Series I Box M2
1967-1971
ACGB/40/17 Plays not recommended for New Drama Guarantees
2 folders
Previous ref: New Drama Series I Box K3
1968-1969
ACGB/40/19 Plays not offered New Drama Guarantees
3 folders
Previous ref: New Drama Series I Box L3
1968-1970
ACGB/40/20 Plays recommended for New Drama Guarantees, 1970-71
4 folders
Previous ref: New Drama Series I Box M1
1968-1971
ACGB/40/109 New plays funded, 1952-69
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box XXIV
ca. 1969
ACGB/40/22 Plays not offered New Drama Guarantees, 1970-71
2 folders
Previous ref: New Drama Series I Box M3
1969-1971
ACGB/40/106 Schemes for the promotion of 'New drama' and 'Neglected plays': Offers made
3 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box XX
1971-1972
ACGB/40/127 New Drama: Offers 1973/74
6 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box XXX[?]
1973-1975
ACGB/40/98 Play Publication
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box X
1975-1984
ACGB/40/97 Play Competitions
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box X
1981-1984
ACGB/40/132 Offers made
1 folder
1986-1987
ACGB/40/101 Writers' Files
2 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box XIV
1957-1974
ACGB/40/111 Writers' Files
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box XXIV
1969-1981
ACGB/40/134 Miscellaneous Individual Clients' Files
1 box
1971-1984
The files in this box relate to Theatre Writing, but it has proved impossible to know if they formed part of one of the main Theatre Writing series as the front of the box was missing.
ACGB/40/28 Client Files: ACT-CAM
5 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box 1
1972-1984
ACGB/40/29 Client Files: BRO-COV
5 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box 2
1973-1985
ACGB/40/30 Client Files: COV-DIS
6 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box 3
1973-1984
ACGB/40/31 Client Files: DOG-FAR
6 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box 4
1973-1985
ACGB/40/33 Client Files: FLE-HAM
5 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box 6
1973-1985
ACGB/40/32 Client Files: ICA-LIT
6 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box 5
1973-1985
ACGB/40/35 Client Files: MAJ-MRS
5 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box 8
1974-1985
ACGB/40/36 Client Files: NAT-NOT
6 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box 9
1973-1985
Access to material in one folder may be restricted until 2056
ACGB/40/37 Client Files: OCT-PIR
5 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box 10
1974-1985
ACGB/40/38 Client Files: PIT-RIC
5 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box 11
1977-1985
Access to material in one folder may be restricted until 2024
ACGB/40/39 Client Files: RIV-SEC
5 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box 12
1973-1984
ACGB/40/40 Client Files: SHA-STR
5 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box 13
1973-1982
ACGB/40/41 Client Files: THE-TYN
4 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box 14
1972-1984
ACGB/40/42 Client Files: UNI-ZAP
5 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box 15
1973-1985
ACGB/40/34 Client Files: HAM-HUM, LIV, LON, 7:84, TEM-THE
5 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box 7
1972-1985
ACGB/40/46 Miscellaneous authors / applicants: A
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box IV
1976-1981
ACGB/40/47 Miscellaneous authors / applicants: B
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box IV
1978-1984
ACGB/40/45 Miscellaneous authors / applicants: C-H
7 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box III
1975-1984
ACGB/40/44 Miscellaneous authors / applicants: I-P
6 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box II
1975-1984
ACGB/40/43 Miscellaneous authors / applicants: R-Z
6 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box I
1976-1984
ACGB/40/78 Company statistics and other analyses
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box VIII
1982-1984
ACGB/40/129 Theatre Writing: Writer Files A-Z
22 folders
1977-1990
Material in folders 3 and 11 may be restricted until 2043
ACGB/40/128 Theatre Writing Scheme: Company Files A-Z
19 folders
1982-1989
Access to material in folders 2, 9, 17 may be restricted until 2043, 2041, and 2042, respectively
ACGB/40/91 Company Estimates
2 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box X
1984-1985
ACGB/40/66 Rejected Applications
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box VII
1984-1985
ACGB/40/130 Theatre Writing: Client Files A-Z
9 folders
1985-1992
These are in alphabetical order but clients H-M are absent; since this material was not in its original box, there is no way to determine whether or not the information was originally included here.
Material in one folder may be restricted until 2046
ACGB/40/126 Theatre Writing Committee: Minutes and associated papers
6 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box XXVIV
1952-1985
ACGB/40/125 New Drama Committee: Other papers, conditions, etc
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box XXVIII
1952-1973
ACGB/40/115 'Help for Playwrights' Scheme
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box XXVI
1963-1972
ACGB/40/102 Trainee Directors / Producers Scheme
4 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box XV
1965-1972
ACGB/40/124 New Drama: Play reports, panel correspondence
3 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box XXVIII
1968-1973
ACGB/40/104 Trainee Directors Scheme: Rejected applicants
4 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box XVII
1970-1973
Material in one folder may be restricted until 2030
ACGB/40/105 Schemes for Promotion of 'New Drama' and 'Neglected Plays': Offers made
5 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box XIX
1971-1973
ACGB/40/120 New Writing Committee: Correspondence
2 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box XXVII
1973-1979
ACGB/40/99 Theatre Writing Committee: John Whiting Award
3 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Boxes XI and XII
1973-1980
ACGB/40/100 Theatre Writing Committee: Minutes
2 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box XIII
1976-1979
ACGB/40/119 Theatre Writing Committee: Policy
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box XXVI
1977-1979
ACGB/40/121 Theatre Writer Schemes
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box XXVII
1977-1980
ACGB/40/48 John Whiting Award
2 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box IV
1978-1983
ACGB/40/93 Writing Schemes: Press releases and writer biographies
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box X
1979-1983
ACGB/40/55 Theatre Writing Committee: General
3 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box VI
1979-1984
ACGB/40/63 Readers Panel
2 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box VIII
1979-1984
ACGB/40/52 Theatre Writing Committee: Transfer of responsibility
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box X
1979-1985
ACGB/40/95 Arts Council: General policy
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box X
1980
ACGB/40/123 Theatre Writing Committee: Minutes
2 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box XXVIII
1980-1982
ACGB/40/110 Theatre Writing Returns
4 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box XXIV
1980-1983
ACGB/40/50 Training Committee
2 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box X
1980-1983
ACGB/40/54 Training Officers
2 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box X
1980-1983
Access to material in one folder may be restricted until 2064
ACGB/40/82 Meetings with subsidised companies
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box IX
1981-1982
ACGB/40/61 Writing schemes
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box VI
1981-1983
ACGB/40/135 Combined Awards
1 folder
1981-1984
ACGB/40/67 Drama Panel
2 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box VIII
1981-1984
ACGB/40/94 Projects Committee: Minutes
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box X
1981-1984
ACGB/40/71 Drama / Finance Officers Meetings
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box VIII
1983-1984
ACGB/40/75 Arts Council Trust for Special Funds
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box VIII
1983-1984
ACGB/40/76 Australian Playwrights' Conference
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box VIII
1974
ACGB/40/96 North West Arts: New Drama Schemes
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box X
1975-1979
ACGB/40/51 Theatre Writers' Union
3 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box X
1975-1984
ACGB/40/56 Theatres' National Committee (TNC): Writers Negotiating Group
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box VI
1977-1979
ACGB/40/59 Society of Scottish Playwrights
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box VI
1977-1980
ACGB/40/79 Gulbenkian Foundation
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box IX
1977-1983
ACGB/40/84 Northern Playwrights' Society
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box IX
1977-1984
ACGB/40/62 Regional Arts Associations: New Writing
2 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box VII
1977-1984
ACGB/40/53 Theatre Writers' Union / Dead Writers' Levy
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box V
1977-1984
ACGB/40/83 National Playwrights Conference
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box IX
1978-79
ACGB/40/86 East Midlands Arts: Youth Theatre Writer Residency
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box IX
1978-1983
ACGB/40/74 John Allen: Comparative Study in Europe
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box VIII
1979-1980
ACGB/40/80 International Theatre Institute
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box IX
1980-1981
ACGB/40/64 Radio Theatre 81
2 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box VII
1980-1981
ACGB/40/57 Theatre Managers Association
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box VI
1980-1984
ACGB/40/90 Forum on New Writing Companies
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box IX
1981
ACGB/40/73 Agents
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box VIII
1981-1982
ACGB/40/77 British Council
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box VIII
1981-1982
ACGB/40/81 Midlands New Writers Festival
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box IX
1981-1983
ACGB/40/60 Society of Authors
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box VI
1981-1983
ACGB/40/87 East Midlands Arts: General
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box IX
1981-1984
ACGB/40/92 Essex University: Resident Writer
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box X
1981-1984
ACGB/40/68 East Midlands Arts: Mansfield Residency
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box VIII
1982
ACGB/40/72 ABSA Advisory Service
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box VIII
1983
ACGB/40/69 Contemporary Music Network
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box VIII
1983
ACGB/40/85 Ordinalia
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box IX
1983
ACGB/40/65 Playwrights in residence at Institutes of Higher Education
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box VII
1983
ACGB/40/88 East Midland Arts: Playwriting Forum
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box IX
1983-1984
ACGB/40/58 Society of West End Theatres (SWET)
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box VI
1984
ACGB/40/133 New Playwrights' Trust
2 folders
1986-1991
ACGB/40/25 Miscellaneous and general correspondence
26 folders
Previous ref: New Drama Series II Boxes A-D and F
1955-1973
ACGB/40/27 Paid Readers' Correspondence
5 folders
Previous ref: New Drama Series II Box G
1958-1973
ACGB/40/26 Bursary Enquiries
3 folders
Previous ref: New Drama Series II Box E
1959-1970
ACGB/40/116 Bursary Enquiries
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box XXVI
1967-1972
ACGB/40/114 New Drama: General Correspondence
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box XXVI
1969-1970
ACGB/40/117 New Drama: Miscellaneous
2 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box XXVI
1969-1972
ACGB/40/113 Miscellaneous correspondence, minutes and reader reports
5 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box XXV
1970-1982
ACGB/40/112 Papers to be sorted as a result of re-organising filing
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box XXIV
1970-1984
ACGB/40/108 New Drama: General correspondence
4 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box XXII
1972-1974
ACGB/40/107 New Drama: General correspondence
5 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box XXI
1973-1974
ACGB/40/103 Enquiries
4 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box XVI
1973-1977
ACGB/40/49 Enquiries, applications and general correspondence
2 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box IV
1975-1985
ACGB/40/118 Enquiries and 'New Writing' Correspondence
2 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box XXVI
1978-1982
ACGB/40/131 Statistics
2 folders
1980-1981
ACGB/40/70 Audience Statistics
2 folders
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box VIII
1981-1983
ACGB/40/89 Enquiries
1 folder
Previous ref: Theatre Writing Box IX
1982-1983