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Recording the History of Alternative Theatre in Britain (1968-88) through oral history interviews and the collecting of archive material
Newsletter December 2016

Unfinished Histories Benefit Event
Unfinished Histories Third Tuesdays

Yuletide Gift  Ideas: Unfinished Histories 
More Gift Ideas: People Show 
Tony Craze Memorial  
Other Events
         Theatro Technis present Antigone

             Action Space Film

Book now for Unfinished Histories Benefit!!

Queer Plays Then and Now 1967-2017
Sunday 15th Jan at 3.00- 5.00 p.m. Arcola Theatre

Arcola Queer Collective will stage a Benefit event for Unfinished Histories, which also  marks the  50th anniversary of the -partial - decriminalisation of homosexuality in Britain. Unfinished Histories are co-organising an event featuring extracts from a series of LGBTQ plays from the 50s to the 90s.  They are currently selecting scripts and extracts, looking at  work from alternative pantos to Sidewalk's Son of a Gun, including rare and unpublished scripts.  The event forms part of the Creative Engagement department's Creative/ Disruption 17 season and within that the 'You're Here... You're Queer" mini-season by the Arcola Queer Collective, which will include rare production's of Mae West's play The Drag and a contemporary response, The X to  the 1927 play La Prisonniere, that was one of the first to depict lesbianism on Broadway. If you would like to help with this event, please get in touch.  

Third Tuesdays Unrehearsed Readings

The Nine Days and Saltley Gates, Tues 20th Dec
Later this month we will belatedly mark the 90th anniversary of the General Strike, an event almost unmarked in May of this year, with a reading of the play The Nine Days and Saltley Gates by Jonathan Chadwick and the late John Hoyland. Originally produced by Foco Novo and directed by Jonathan Chadwick with the late Roland Rees, the play juxtaposes scenes from the General Strike and from the same community during the 1972 Miners' Strike and the blockade of Saltley Gates coal depot. Jon Chadwick will be attending and we hope to show original photos by Tony Coult of events at Saltley Gates. This event has proved very popular and is currently over-booked as unfortunately we only have access to a small space. If you would be interested in being on the waiting list please email: 

Third Tuesdays: Wanted - suggestions and support
We are planning to continue the events into the new year when we will have access to a larger space, though due to the Benefit on 15th Jan, there will not be a Third Tuesday event that month and the next one will be on Thurs 16th February. If you would like to propose a play, especially one that seems pertinent to what's happening now, one you want to explore or  share for the first time, one that's unpublished or unjustly neglected, please contact us. We particularly want to hear from people who would be interested in coordinating a Third Tuesday event: not a lot of work - making sure we have copies, liaising with Arcola, helping to promote the event and get the word out, please get in touch.

Yuletide Gift  Ideas
Stuck for present ideas? You can go to the Unfinished Histories online Shop where you can buy copies of rare scripts and other books, our exhibition book Re-Staging Revolutions, the poster 'What is Heterosexuality and What Causes It?', our CD of extracts from Women's Theatre interviews. Or you could give Donation to Unfinished Histories and we will send the person of your choice a special thank you and put their name on our Facebook page and on the web site! Donations to Unfinished Histories are eligible for Gift Aid. See here for more information

Other Gift Ideas
People Show: 50th Year Book... and more 

As part of the landmark celebrations to mark their 50th anniversary, People Show  have published a book by People Show veteran Mark Long: Nobody Knows But Everybody Remembers. Lavishly illustrated with previously unseen material from People Show’s extensive archive, and wonderfully designed by  David Caines it gives a highly personal and individual account of an amazing 50 years  and 132 shows. Published by People Show, 2016. Cost £20 (+ postage) ISBN: 978-0-9565621-7-3  Email: or write to them at Brady Arts Centre, 192-196 Hanbury Street, London E1 5HU

Also available is George Khan's P.S.With Love, a CD of music written for the People Show 1976-2006  (2010, £10)
Meanwhile Fish Out of Water, the exhibition of long-standing People Show member Jose Nava's artwork runs at The Koppel Project, 93 Baker Street, London W1U 6RL until 20th January 2017 where an exhibition book is also available.

And as if that wasn't  already an abundance of riches exhibition dedicated to Jeff Nuttall one of the founder members of People Show is currently running at the John Rylands Library, Manchester based on his archive, that is held there. Co-curated by Jay Jones, the free exhibition Off Beat: Jeff Nuttall and the International Underground will be on until 5th March 2017.  Jay Jones and Douglas Field have also edited a collection of Jeff's fiction: An Aesthetic of Obscenity: Five Novels (2016) bringing him back into print and are planning soon to edit a Nuttall Reader, that will provide introductions to his other creative achievements, and with luck to get his book Bomb Culture republished.

Tony Craze Memorial  NB THIS SUNDAY!!
If you knew Tony Craze, playwright - winner of the first Verity Bargate award in 1983 - and later Artistic Director  of the Soho Poly, forerunner of the Soho Theatre, there is a Celebration of his Life and Work on Sunday 11th December, hosted by Sarah LeBrocq, Peter Craze and Sue Dunderdale at Soho Theatre. Arrive 6.30 for a 7 p.m. start. RSVP to

Other Events

Theatro Technis present Antigone
George Eugeniou - Theatro Technis's founder and artistic director, has adapted the third of Sophocles’ Theban plays Antigone: "After a year of political and social upheaval all over the world, from the ongoing war in Syria to the hostile political situation in Cyprus, and Britain’s upcoming exit from the European Union to the surprising result of the presidential election in America. There is no doubt that 2016 has been an interesting year to say the least. Now, as we edge towards 2017, the central themes within Antigone – repression, injustice, and oppression, seem more relevant than ever, despite being written in 441 BC". The show runs at Theatro Technis on  20th – 23rd December 2016,  27th – 30th December 2016, and 3rd – 7th January 2017 at 7.30pm. Book tickets or find more information here

Action Space Film
A reminder that there is a London showing of Huw Wahl's film Action Space -
at the Regent Street cinema on the 14th of December Details here.  
It is followed by a Q&A with Johan Seibers. More on the Action Space here


Book now for Unfinished Histories Benefit!!

Very Best wishes for Christmas, Channukah, Solstice, Yuletide. festivals of light in dark times
and a very Happy New Year

Dr Susan Croft, Director 
Jessica Higgs, Associate Director

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

Board: Danny Braverman, Tony Coult, Ness Lee, Olusola Oyeleye, Sue Timothy

Company no: 3950781 + Charity no: 1149431

Mailing address: c/o Bishopsgate Institute Library, 
230 Bishopsgate,
London EC2M 4QH


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