Fonds MsC-59 - Tamahnous Theatre fonds

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Tamahnous Theatre fonds

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  • Textual records
  • Moving images
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  • Photographic materials

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  • 1971-1994 (Creation)
    Tamahnous Theatre

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3.5 m of textual records and other material

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The Tamahnous Theatre Workshop Society (later Tamahnous Theatre) was incorporated in Vancouver, BC in 1971. Original members included John Gray, Larry Lillo, Steven E. Miller, Sue Astley, Suzie Payne, Ed Astley, and Jeremy Long. Between 1971 and 1994 the company mounted over 100 productions including many original plays. The company became known in Vancouver in the 1970s for its emphasis on experimental theatre and collective creation and would go on to win numerous Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards in the 1980s. Tamahnous Theatre was the resident company of the Vancouver East Cultural Centre until ca. 1988, and the company toured BC and Canada with its productions and also performed in England and Russia. Tamahnous Theatre officially disbanded in 1995.

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Fonds consists of records related to theatrical productions mounted by the Tamahnous Theatre Workshop Society and general and administrative records related to the company's operations. The fonds contains scripts, stage manager's notes and directorial notes, props lists, correspondence and memoranda, contracts, budgets, touring schedules, original artwork for posters, programs, and handbills, printed posters, programs, handbills, press releases, public service announcements, and other promotional material, clippings of reviews and paid advertisements, audience surveys, drawings and photographs, negatives, audio and video cassettes and reels, accounting records and financial statements, and other records. The fonds is arranged in five series: Scripts (1971-1994); Theatrical productions (1971-1994); General and administrative files (1971-1994); and Tamahnous Theatre Workshop Society photo history (1971-1994); and Audio-visual records (1971-1994).

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Includes: ca. 500 photographs, 2 audio cassette tapes, 12 videocassette tapes, 21 video reels, ca. 350 slides and ca. 350 35 mm negatives.

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Created May 20, 2014, LZ

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  • English

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