Aims, policies, purpose/impetus for project:
To map a major phenomenon of the contemporary British theatre, with attention to primary documentation and critical analysis in two separate published volumes
Dates: October 2004-March 2009
Key individuals and roles involved:
Graham Ley (Principal Investigator) and Sarah Dadswell (Research Fellow) - both have pursued the main documentary research. Chandrika Patel was the attached doctoral student, and also conducted interviews for the project.
Paid or voluntary, training in oral history:
GL is experienced in oral history. Both Dadswell and Patel acquired expertise during the project.
Project funded by: AHRC standard research award.
Management of project:
Drama Department under the School of Arts Languages and Literatures
Format of interviews:
Some on video; most on audio (digital, now on CD): all are transcribed.
How interviewees are selected and located:
Through an initial consultant/contact in a given region, or by reference to their role in a company.
Interview running time: From 1hr to 2hrs
Copyright in interviews. Assignment rights?:
The project holds copyright for purposes connected to the research. Interviewees have signed a form to that effect.
Location of interview copies. Accessibility to public/format:
They will be accessible for approved researchers whose work connects with the aims of the project. They will be held at Exeter.
Collection contact details/website:
Interview transcripts/lists of topics or other content indexes:
Transcripts have been made.
Cataloguing: In basic terms at present.
Future plans for project/interviews?:
The project has many futures of various kinds, notably publication. The interviews may also be drawn upon for various projects to come.
Materials used for publications, exhibitions, conferences, radio/TV programmes or performances etc or future plans for this?:
Two books to be published by the University of Exeter Press in 2010.
A major conference on British Asian Performance was held at Exeter in April 2008 and documented on video.
Project website: University of Exeter: British Asian Theatre
List on a joint (possibly STR) website: We do. Possibly.
Join listserv/emailing list/forum: Possibly, although I doubt if we shall be adding to our own interviews in the future substantially.
List of interviewees provided:
I'm sorry, I can't do this at present, since the RF is not available. We shall aiming to complete the catalogue soon after the end of the project, but at present the publications hold sway on heavily limited time. List of interviewees is large, and embraces community arts figures and a large range of the British Asian theatre practitioners.
Oral History Survey Pages
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11th May 2009