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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: Alternative Theatre in Lambeth and Camden 1968-88

The exhibition at Ovalhouse

The Opening

'This wonderful exhibition …' (David Hare)
'Superb' ( Lyn Gardner on Twitter)
'What a wonderful collection, documenting and celebrating an astonishing period of theatrical, artistic and social activity!' (Visitor)
‘This priceless web site and exhibition. Proud to have been part of a unique theatre movement' (Rose Collis)
As a member of Unfinished Histories mailing list, we are pleased to invite you to the opening of the exhibition at London Borough of Camden's Local Studies Library and Archives. It is at 6.45 for 7.15 on Tuesday 11th February.  
If you wish to attend please RSVP to by no later than 3rd February. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis and the event is expected to reach capacity. Please RSVP as soon as possible but if you subsequently find you cannot attend, please tell us so we can reallocate your place. 
Location map

The exhibition at Ovalhouse

The Exhibition 
The exhibition at Camden will feature a number of new items in addition to the wealth of material previously shown at Ovalhouse, including posters for Theatre of Black Women and Action Space as well as newly-uncovered material from the history of the key Camden-based community arts and theatre project Inter-Action. It is free and open to the public at Camden Archives from 10th Feb - 30th April 2014 (and may be extended into the first weeks of May). Opening hours are: Mon and Tue 10am-6pm, Wed closed, Thu 10am-7pm, Fri by appointment only, It is also open alternate Saturdays 11am-5pm: 22 Feb, 8 Mar, 22 Mar, 5 Apr, 19 Apr, and (to be confirmed) 3 May.  The exhibition is on the second floor and is wheelchair accessible. Please pass on details to friends, post it on Facebook, tweet us on Twitter etc as we would like to get as many people as possible to see the exhibition. We have created a separate e-flyer which will be available (on our web site or via email) for you to forward to your contacts. 

The exhibition book Re-Staging Revolutions: Alternative Theatre in Lambeth and Camden 1968-88 is now available. Produced in full colour it features a wealth of photos and flyers from work of the period, including all those companies featured in the exhibition, and more, along with the exhibition text by Susan Croft with contributions from project volunteers, a foreword by Tony Robinson, a short essay by Danny Braverman a bibliography and further information on the history of Ovalhouse, the career of Kate Crutchley and the work of Unfinished Histories.  While its focus is on companies who had a connection with Lambeth and Camden and the broader alternative culture that made their work possible, their work had an influence and a reach that was national and international.  The book is available at the exhibition, free (but with a suggested donation of at least £5, which supports the future work of Unfinished Histories) or can be ordered via the web site for a handling charge of £8. 
You can pay by sending us a cheque made payable to Unfinished Histories Ltd to:Unfinished Histories, Room 15, St Margaret’s House Settlement, 21 Old Ford Road, London E2 9PL. 

Watch out for future newsletters for information on events at Camden Archives on Tues 8th April Alternative Theatre in Camden: a Virtual Walking Tour and Tues 22nd April: Camden Firsts: staged extracts from key plays from the alternative theatre movement, performed in Camden 1968-88. Events are free and start at 6.45 for 7.15
We are also able to offer exhibition tours to education groups including students, A Level students and adult education groups. Please email for further details.

All our events at Ovalhouse were recorded and footage will be available for viewing in the future. They were, at Ovalhouse: Oval House in the 1960s and 70s: Salon Discussion; Oval House in the 1980s: a Tribute to Kate Crutchley; Theatre Centre 60th Anniversary: Extracts from Key Plays 1968-88; Black Theatre in the 1970s and 80s; and Alternative Pantos Revisited and at Kentish Town Community Centre: Inter-Action in Retrospect.  

We are exploring the possibility of taking the exhibition, or sections of it, elsewhere following the residency at Camden Archives. If you would like to explore bringing it to your venue, please email 

Web Pages
We are pleased to announce the creation of the following Company web pages, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund:
Action Space, The Artaud CompanyBelt and BracesBeryl and the PerilsBlack Theatre Co-opBlood GroupBLOOLIPSBloomersBristol ExpressBrixton FaeriesBroadside Mobile Workers’ TheatreBubbleCharacter LadiesClean BreakCrystal Theatre of the SaintFoco NovoForkbeard FantasyGay SweatshopThe General WillGraeaeHard CorpsHesitate and DemonstrateHormone ImbalanceIncubusInter-ActionLes Oeufs MaladesMikronMonstrous RegimentMouth and TrousersMrs Worthington’s DaughtersOptikThe Phantom CaptainRecreation GroundRed LadderSadista SistersSalakta BalloonSal’s Meat MarketScarlet HarletsSidewalkSpare TyreSpin/StirStiraboutTheatre of Black WomenTheatre CentreTheatro TechnisWakefield TricylceWandsworth WarmersWelfare State International and  Wherehouse La MaMa.

Best wishes - and hope to see many of you at the exhibition in Camden,

Unfinished Histories
Director: Susan Croft,
Associate Director: Jessica Higgs
Project Co-ordinator: Vanessa Bartlett
Web Site Co-ordinator: Sam Nightingale
Board - Danny Braverman, Vanessa Lee, Sue Timothy

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