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Recording the History of Alternative Theatre in Britain (1968-88) through oral history interviews and the collecting of archive material
Re-Staging Revolutions
Unfinished Histories exhibition on: Alternative Theatre in Lambeth and Camden 1968-88  continues at Camden Archives until Thurs 8th May

‘Superb’ (Lyn Gardner). ‘Wonderful exhibition’ (David Hare)
It is open to the public:  Monday and Tuesday 10-6, Thursday 10am – 7pm, Friday 10-5, and alternate Saturdays 10am – 5pm ( 22 Mar, 5 Apr, 19 Apr, 3 May)
At: Camden Local Studies Archives Centre, 2nd floor, Holborn Library, 32-38 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8PA
See map   Further details below...

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Coming Soon: Special Events
If you missed our exciting launch with Tony Robinson, Ian Saville, socialist conjuror, John Ashford and much more... 
If you attended our fascinating events at Ovalhouse on the history of black theatre, Oval House in the 60s and 70s, celebrating Kate Crutchley or alternative pantos...
Or if you didn't...
you can now add some new dates to your diary: 

Roundhouse, 1970s. Photo: Roger Perry

Tues 8th April at 6.45 for a 7.15 start.

Alternative Theatre in Camden: a (Virtual) Tour a talk by Dr Susan Croft  
An illustrated talk exploring the map of Camden from the point of view of the key locations where alternative theatre groups were based, staged iconic events, lived, squatted, invented new artworks and community interventions, put on festivals, experimented, collaborated, demonstrated, created new venues, toured, bought their mung beans and generally hung out, 1968-88.
Tickets are free but must be booked here (where you can also make a voluntary donation towards the future work of Unfinished Histories)

Tues 22nd April at 6.45 for a 7.15 start
Camden Plays: readings from a selection of plays produced by Camden venues and companies, 1968-88directed by Jessica Higgs. As above, tickets are free but must be booked here  (where you can also make a voluntary donation towards the future work of Unfinished Histories)
Final details of the plays are to be confirmed but they will include: Poppies by Noel Greig (Gay Sweatshop, 1983), a 1970s performance text by The Phantom Captain, Masoch by Michael Almaz (The Artaud Company, 1975) and - to be confirmed-: Waiting for Hannibal by Yemi Ajibade  (Black Theatre Co-op, 1986) and (fingers crossed) the legendary Wyre's Cross by Peta Masters Geraldine Griffiths (Mrs Worthington's Daughters' Daughters, 1982). Each extract will be given a brief introduction, wherever possible by a member of the original company.

Group tours and special talks on topics featured in the exhibition are available wherever possible by special arrangement for students in higher education, A Level Drama students, adult education groups and other groups. Fridays are preferred but other days may also be available with adequate notice. For further details please email:

More on the Exhibition

The Re-Staging Revolutions exhibition, part of a project funded by Heritage Lottery, documents the history of the alternative theatre movement in Camden and Lambeth between 1968-88. The project also includes the creation a new collection of web pages that profile individual companies who were central to the movement.

Camden was a key centre for a huge number of theatre companies and organisations from Inter-Action to Action Space and venues from the Arts Lab Drury Lane to the Drill Hall, the Roundhouse to the New End. The exhibition is free and features posters and artefacts from a wealth of companies from the period from Wherehouse La MaMa and Clean Break to Graeae and Theatre of Black Women, from Gay Sweatshop to Sadista Sisters.

The new-and-extended exhibition at Camden includes material not previously shown at Ovalhouse and Kentish Town Community Centre including material from Camden's own collections and a special display on Inter-Action.

The exhibition was originally staged at Ovalhouse in November 2013 to celebrate their 50th anniversary and is dedicated to the memory of Kate Crutchley, Oval House theatre programmer during the 1980s.

Web Pages

Go here to see the extensive web pages detailing the histories of the many Companies included in the project from Hormone Imbalance to Hesitate and Demonstrate, Recreation Ground to Beryl and the Perils. 
For general information on the work of Unfinished Histories see:

Exhibition Book
The exhibition book is now available from our newly launched online Shop where you can also purchase rare scripts, posters, sets of postcards and CDs. Coming Soon: posters (and already available from the exhibition), the Beryl and the Perils comic book (and the rare Dead or Alive  poster!)

We hope you can visit soon!
Best wishes

Susan Croft, Director
Jessica Higgs, Associate Director


Board: Dr Susan Croft, Danny Braverman, Sue Timothy, Jessica Higgs,
Olusola Oyeleye, Lucie Regan, Tony Coult, Vanessa Lee

Patrons: Adjoa Andoh,  Baroness Christine Crawley, Stephen Daldry, Tony Elliott, 
Kwame Kwei-Armah, Pratibha Parmar, Sir Tony Robinson, Dame Harriet Walter

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