Inventory of the Joint Stock Theatre Group Archives, 1973-1991

Department of Special Collections
General Library
University of California, Davis
100 North West Quad
Davis, CA 95616-5292
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Inventory of the Joint Stock Theatre Group Archives, 1973-1991

D-035

Department of Special Collections

General Library

University of California, Davis

Davis, California

Contact Information

  • Department of Special Collections
  • General Library
  • 100 North West Quad
  • University of California, Davis
  • Davis, CA 95616-5292
  • Phone: (530) 752-1621
  • Fax: (530) 754-5758
  • Email: speccoll@lib.ucdavis.edu
Processed by: Levi Damon Phillips in 1993. Encoded by: Sara Gunasekara in 2004.
Completed: 2004
©2004 The Regents of the University of California

Descriptive Summary

Title: Joint Stock Theatre Group Archives,
Date (inclusive): 1973-1991
Collection number: D-035
Creator: Joint Stock Theatre Group
Extent: 26.6 linear feet
Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
100 North West Quad
Davis, California, 95616-5292
Abstract: A British experimental theatre group founded in 1974 by Max Stafford-Clark, David Hare, and David Aukin, the Joint Stock Theatre Group was dedicated to developing new writing for the theatre. Workshops set up by William Gaskill and Max Stafford-Clark resulted in a unique working method which placed actors and director in collaboration with the playwright. The Archives contain business correspondence, financial records, legal documents, photographs, production files, promotional materials, and scripts (published and original prompt copies) of several plays.
Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17 of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Joint Stock Theatre Group Archives, D-035, Department of Special Collections, University of California Library, Davis, California.

Acquisition Information

Acquired in 1992 from the company's executor, Carl Proctor.

Processing Information

Arranged and described by Levi Damon Phillips in October 1993. EAD finding aid created by Sara Gunasekara in March 2004.

Administrative History

History

A British experimental theatre group founded in 1974 by Max Stafford-Clark, David Hare, and David Aukin, the Joint Stock Theatre Group was dedicated to developing new writing for the theatre. Workshops set up by William Gaskill and Max Stafford-Clark resulted in a unique working method which placed actors and director in collaboration with the playwright.
In January of 1974, the Joint Stock Theatre Group presented its inaugural production, The Speakers, adapted by William Gaskill and Max Stafford-Clark from a book by Heathcote Williams. Major productions which followed included Cloud Nine, Epsom Downs, Fanshen, Fen, The Great Celestial Cow, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist, and Sanctuary. The last of Joint Stock's productions, A Child in the Heart and Promised Land were offered during the 1988-1989 season.
A revenue client of the Arts Council of Great Britain since 1974, Joint Stock relied heavily on government subsidy to remain financially solvent. Its demise was imminent when, due to general economic woes and changing government policy towards the arts, the company was dropped from the client list. Because the "Joint Stock Method" required an inordinate amount of time to mount a production thus limiting the number of productions annually, and because the company presented mainly new, unproven plays, Joint Stock could not survive financially without Arts Council support. In June of 1991, the Joint Stock Theatre Group Board of Directors gave instructions that the Companies House be informed that the company had ceased to exist and should be struck from the Register of Companies

Scope and Content of Collection

Organized into eight series: 1. Financial Records, 2. Photographs, 3. Production Files, 4. Scripts, 5. Clippings, 6. Promotional Materials, 7. Company Business, 8. Sound recordings.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Joint Stock Theatre Group
Gaskill, William
Hare, David, 1947-
Stafford-Clark, Max
Experimental theater--Great Britain
English drama--20th century


Collection Contents

Box 1-11

Series 1 Financial Records, 1973-1990

Physical Description: 9.8 linear feet

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Scope and Content Note

Banking records (bank statements, correspondence, canceled checks, check stubs, deposit account books, deposit slips); budgets; income records (account ledgers, balance sheets, box office returns, fundraising, grants income and expenditure accounts, income ledgers, quarterly returns); expenditure records (bills paid, invoices, paid invoices, receipts and bills, remittance advices, sales invoice books); tax records (income taxes, national insurance contributions and deductions, value added tax invoices); production accounts; reports (reports of the directors; reports to the directors); working notes. Items such as clippings, legal documents, programs, and weekly gig lists that were included with the financial records have been retained with them.
Arranged chronologically.
Box 12-16

Series 2 Photographs, 1973-1988

Physical Description: 2.6 linear feet

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Scope and Content Note

Black and white prints, contact sheets, and negatives of portrait, group, rehearsal, and production photographs.
Arranged alphabetically by play title.
Box 17-24, 30

Series 3 Production Files, 1974-1989

Physical Description: 7.8 linear feet

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Scope and Content Note

Accommodations lists, actors biographies, cast lists, budgets and budget proposals, contact lists, correspondence (booking arrangements), costumes, drawings (theatre layouts, lighting plots), box office returns, ticket sales reports, grant applications, itineraries, legal records, promotional materials (flyers, press lists, programs), props lists, technical specifications, working notes.
Arranged alphabetically by play title.
Box 24

Series 4 Scripts, 1977-1986

Physical Description: 0.5 linear feet

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Scope and Content Note

Published editions and "manuscript prompt" copies.
Arranged alphabetically by play title.
Box 25-26

Series 5 Clippings, 1974-1988

Physical Description: 1.3 linear feet

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Scope and Content Note

Primarily previews and reviews relating to Joint Stock Theatre Group productions, but also includes "general" clippings files relating to alternative (fringe) theatres and individuals associated with them.
Arranged chronologically.
Box 26, 28-29

Series 6 Promotional Materials, 1975-1988

Physical Description: 0.5 linear feet

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Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, flyers, postcards, posters, programs, program copy, press releases, serials.
Arranged alphabetically by play title.
Box 26-27

Series 7 Company Business, 1973-1991

Physical Description: 1.5 linear feet

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Scope and Content Note

Audience surveys, company documentation, general correspondence, legal records, mailing lists, marketing, membership, memorandum and articles of association, minutes (policy committee, annual general meeting, meeting of the council of management, report of the council, board meeting, directors meeting, extraordinary meeting).
Arranged chronologically.
Box 31-32

Series 8 Sound recordings, 1981-1985

Physical Description: 2.75 linear feet

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Scope and Content Note

Magnetic tape (cassette and reel-to-reel) of plays performed by the Joint Stock Theatre Group: music and sound effects, rehearsal, preshow, and performance. Audiocassette use copies of the sound recordings have been made and are located in Box 32.
Arranged alphabetically by play title.