Performing the Archive
As part of a year long module investigating themes associated with the Politics of Memory and Performance, second year undergraduate performing arts students were tasked in the second half of their course to develop their own performance pieces on the theme of 'Performing the Archive.'
The concept being that the students would be able to explore archival collections and be encouraged to discover the breadth and range of narratives held within these collections and then to create their own pieces of performance theatre based upon the narratives they had discovered.
With a successful civic engagement funding application in place, we were able to work in conjunction with Tom Drayton (Director of Pregnant Fish Theatre) and Dr Eve Katsouraki, (Senior Lecturer at UEL), with our second year performing arts students to start formulating their performance pieces.
We decided that we would encourage the students to make use of possible narratives from all our archive collections: including the British Olympic Association Archive; the East London People’s Archive of East London oral histories; the Hackney Empire Theatre Archive; and the Refugee Council Archive.
Students were given two weeks of inductions at both of our archive stores, at both the Docklands and Stratford campuses.
We were very fortunate to be able to employ Tom Drayton, Director of Pregnant Fish Theatre, as a theatre director to help guide and direct the students.
Performing the Archive Information
Performing the Archive Leaflet