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THM/342 - Josie Rourke Collection

The Herd by Sandesh Kulkarni, Royal Court Theatre London, 2003

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/342/1/14
Dates of Creation 2003
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Folder contains the following:

  • List of participating playwrights for the International Residency, dated 2003.
  • Rehearsal schedule, dated 2003.
  • Excerpt from the script, labelled 'rehearsal draft', dated 2003.
  • Cast and scene list, undated.

This production played in Aug, 2003.

Administrative / Biographical History

Rourke directed this piece as part of the 2003 International Residency programme at the Royal Court. This scheme has seen the Royal Court collaborating with international playwrights and giving them the opportunity to develop a play of their own whilst working with leading British theatre practitioners. In this case The Herd was written by Sandesh Kulkarni, from India.

Personal Names

Kulkarni, Sandesh

Geographical Names

Royal Court Theatre, London

The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler, UK Tour, 2003

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/342/1/15
Dates of Creation 2003
Physical Description 2 folders

Scope and Content

Folders contain the following:

Correspondence:

  • Email correspondence regarding Rourke's contract to work as tour director, dated 2003.
  • General correspondence regarding casting and scheduling, all dated 2003.

Other:

  • List of tour dates, dated 2003.
  • Eve Ensler article, originally featured in the New York Times, 2002. Dated 2003.
  • Rehearsal schedule, dated 2003.
  • Selection of newspaper reviews and features, all dated 2003.
  • Production photograph featuring actors on stage during a performance, undated.
  • List of actors previously involved with the show, undated.
  • Brief Eve Ensler biography, presumably for inclusion in the programme, undated.
  • Script allocation list, undated.
  • Details of royalties earnings, undated.
  • Calendar schedule, noting meetings with Eve Ensler, undated.

This tour took place during the autumn of 2003.

Administrative / Biographical History

Rourke was tour director for the UK Autumn tour, which started in Edinburgh in August and ended in Sheffield in December.

Written by Eve Ensler in 1999, The Vagina Monologues emerged after she interviewed 200 women of varying ages and cultural backgrounds and asked them about their opinions on sex, relationships and violence towards women. The piece is presented as a series of monologues, with different actors performing each. The work has attracted much media attention and celebrity endorsements. Notable women who have performed in previous productions include Glenn Close, Jane Fonda and Cyndi Lauper.

Conditions Governing Access

Part of this file is closed under the Data Protection Act 1998 until 01/01/2084.

Personal Names

Ensler, Eve. ( b.1953)

Loyal Women by Gary Mitchell, Royal Court Theatre London, 2003

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/342/1/16
Dates of Creation 2003
Physical Description 2 folders

Scope and Content

Folders contain the following:

Correspondence:

  • Email discussing changes to the original script, dated Sept 2003.

Other:

  • Royal Court production flyer, dated 2003.
  • Pages photocopied from theatre programme, dated 2003.
  • Thank-you card from a cast member to Rourke, dated 2003.
  • Rehearsal call sheet and production schedule, dated Oct 2003.
  • List of preparations needed before production, undated.
  • Research on the word loyal, undated.
  • Extensive working notes, from dress rehearsals and previews, heavily annotated, undated.
  • Annotated images of Christopher Oram's set design, undated.
  • Work and research schedule, undated.
  • Notes and requests to Gary Mitchell regarding changes to the original script, annotated and undated.
  • List of fights which feature in the play, undated.

This production ran from 11 Nov-13 Dec 2003.

Administrative / Biographical History

Rourke was the director of this production, one of two she directed during her appointment as Trainee Associate Director at the Royal Court, the other being Marvin Blair's Children's Day.

This play was written by the Northern Irish playwright Gary Mitchell in 2003. The play deals with Belfast's die-hard female loyalists.

Conditions Governing Access

Part of this file is closed under the Data Protection Act 1998 until 01/01/2084.

Personal Names

Mitchell, Gary. ( b.1965)

My Dad's a Birdman by David Almond, Young Vic Theatre London, 2003

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/342/1/17
Dates of Creation 2003
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Folder contains the following:

  • Production schedule, dated 2003.
  • Full-colour illustrated storyboard page, illustrated by the playwright, David Almond, dated 2003.
  • List of preparations needed before production, undated.

This production ran from 4 - 24 Dec 2003.

Administrative / Biographical History

Rourke directed this production, written by the English children's author David Almond.

The play is for young children and features music by the Pet Shop Boys.

Personal Names

Almond, David. ( b.1951)

24 Hour Plays, Old Vic Theatre London, 2004

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/342/1/18
Dates of Creation 2004
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Folder contains the following:

  • 24 Hour Plays programme, dated 2004.
  • Programme insert, dated 2004.
  • Black and white photograph of entire team. Rourke can be seen standing in the third row from the front, fifth from left. The Old Vic's Artistic Director, Kevin Spacey, is sitting in the front row, centre. Dated 2004.
  • Colour photograph of team, with note attached. Rourke can be seen in the back row, eighth from left. Dated 2006.

This production played on 6 June 2004.

Administrative / Biographical History

As part of the Old Vic New Voices programme, the Old Vic hosts this gala event once a year as a showcase for emerging theatrical talent. Fifty producers, directors, writers and authors are challenged to create, rehearse and perform new works within just 24 hours.

Rourke directed a piece written by the Scottish playwright and director Anthony Neilson, entitled Dead Hand, whose performers included Benedict Cumberbatch and Janet McTeer.

Personal Names

Neilson, Anthony. ( b.1967)
Cumberbatch, Benedict. ( b.1976)
Spacey, Kevin. ( b.1959)
McTeer, Janet. ( b.1961)

Geographical Names

Old Vic Theatre, London

Hotbed New Writing and Theatre Festival 2004, The Junction Theatre Cambridge, 2004

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/342/1/19
Dates of Creation 2004
Physical Description 2 folders

Scope and Content

Folders contain the following:

Correspondence:

  • Correspondence from the Menagerie Theatre Company to Rourke regarding the productions and a schedule sheet, undated.

Other:

  • Hotbed Festival programme, dated 2004.

This festival ran from 1 - 18 July 2004.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Hotbed Festival is a festival of new writing for the theatre held in Cambridge. In 2004 the festival was produced by the Menagerie Theatre Company. Rourke directed two pieces for the festival; Butterfly Fingers by Fraser Grace and Changed So Much I Don't Know You by Steve Waters. Both were on at the The Junction Theatre, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Access

Part of this file is closed under the Data Protection Act 1998 until 01/01/2085.

Personal Names

Grace, Fraser
Waters, Steve

Geographical Names

The Junction Theatre, Cambridge

Notebook relating to several productions

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/342/1/20
Dates of Creation 2004-2005
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

This notebook contains work relating to three productions from 2004 and 2005. Although predominantly focusing on the Philip Massinger's Believe What You Will (directed by Rourke), there are also notes on both A New Way to Please You by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley (directed by Sean Holmes) and Thomas More, attributed to Anthony Munday and William Shakespeare amongst others (directed by Robert Delamere). These were all Royal Shakespeare Company productions and were part of their Gunpowder Season. They played at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon throughout 2005 and later transferred to London where they played at Trafalgar Studios.

The notebook also includes notes on the Sheffield Theatres Programme for 2005-6, notes on the 24 Hour Plays and some personal notes.

Also included is a draft rehearsal schedule for A New Way to Please You and Thomas More.

Conditions Governing Access

Part of this file is closed under the Data Protection Act 1998 until 01/01/2086.

Personal Names

Massinger, Philip. ( 1583 - 1640)
Middleton, Thomas. ( 1580 - 1627)
Rowley, William. ( 1585? - 1642?)
Munday, Anthony . ( 1560? - 1633?)
Holmes, Sean
Delamere, Robert
Shakespeare, William. ( 1564 - 1616)

Geographical Names

Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Trafalgar Studios Theatre, London

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, Crucible Theatre Sheffield, 2005

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/342/1/21
Dates of Creation 2005
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Folder contains Rourke's rehearsal notes and a theatre programme for Much Ado About Nothing at the Crucible, Sheffield.

This production ran from 21 Sept-5 Nov, 2005.

Administrative / Biographical History

Rourke was Associate Director of Sheffield Theatres from 2004 to 2006, under Artistic Director Samuel West. She helped schedule West's first season in 2005-6, opening with Much Ado About Nothing in which Rourke directed West as Benedick.

Personal Names

Shakespeare, William. ( 1564 - 1616)
West, Samuel. ( b.1966)

Geographical Names

Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Believe What You Will by Philip Massinger, UK Tour, 2005-2006

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/342/1/22
Dates of Creation 2005-2006
Physical Description 5 folders

Scope and Content

Folder contains the following:

Correspondence:

  • Note from Michael Grandage to Rourke offering encouragement, dated Apr 2003.
  • Letter from Ian Richardson to Rourke regarding his possible casting as Flaminius, Nov 2004.
  • Various emails from Ian McHugh (playwright) to Rourke regarding text re-writes and ammendments, and a draft of an essay to be included in the official production programme, dated Mar-May 2005.
  • Letter from Rourke to the Gunpowder Theatre Company, dated Mar 2005
  • Email from Martin White (Professor of Theatre at Bristol University who re-wrote the original play) regarding pronunciation, dated Apr 2005.

Other:

  • Research on Philip Massinger, dated 2004.
  • Press cuttings covering the RSC's Gunpowder Season, dated 2004.
  • List of props for production, 2005.
  • Technical schedule, dated 2005.
  • Photo call information sheet, dated 2006.
  • Production notebook containing research, rehearsal and schedule notes, undated.
  • Production notebook containing rehearsal notes as well as notes for an Old Vic workshop, undated.
  • Production notebook containing rehearsal notes and action diagrams, undated.
  • Image research postcard album featuring classic paintings, undated.
  • Image research, undated.
  • Set of production images with letter regarding their use for production postcards, dated June 16th.
  • Rehearsal call list, dated 4th May.
  • Rehearsal list 'draft', undated.
  • Set of typed rehearsal notes, undated.
  • Pronunciation guide, annotated, undated.
  • Text excerpt, marked-up, undated.
  • Draft pages from official production programme, undated.
  • Set of textual questions to research, undated.
  • Handwritten notes, undated.
  • Copies of torn pages from original text, undated.
  • Cast list, location list, line counts and characters briefing notes, undated.
  • Research and copies of literary essays on Philip Massinger, Roman and contextual history; some annotated, all undated.

This tour ran during 2005- 2006.

Administrative / Biographical History

Rourke directed Philip Massinger's rediscovered Jacobean play Believe What You Will for the RSC as part of their Gunpowder Season. The production opened at the Swan Theatre, Stratford, then played at the People's Theatre Arts Centre, Newcastle, and finally transferred to London's West End where it played at the Trafalgar Studios Theatre.

Conditions Governing Access

Part of this file is closed under the Data Protection Act 1998 until 01/01/2087.

Personal Names

White, Martin
McHugh, Ian
Massinger, Philip. ( 1583 - 1640)

Geographical Names

People's Theatre Arts Centre, Newcastle
Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon
Trafalgar Studios, London

The Long and the Short and the Tall by Willis Hall, Lyceum Theatre Sheffield, 2006

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/342/1/23
Dates of Creation 2006
Name of Creator Josie Rourke
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Folder contains the following:

Correspondence:

  • Emails and research between Rourke and correspondents regarding period song, dated between Dec 2005 and Mar 2006.

Other:

  • Production schedule, dated 2006.
  • Design meeting notes, with diagrams, dated 2005.
  • Press cuttings: reviews and features, dated 2006.
  • List of broadcast media coverage for the production, dated 2006.
  • Willis Hall profile, dated 2006.
  • Military campaign research, dated 2005.
  • Production notebook containing rehearsal and technical notes, undated.
  • Glossary of terms used in the text, undated.
  • Text revisions, undated.
  • Unidentified short story, undated.
  • Audio cassette tape featuring a song entitled A Handsome Young Private, undated.

This production ran from 23 Feb-11 Mar 2006.

Administrative / Biographical History

Rourke directed this revival of Willis Hall's 1959 work, The Long and the Short and the Tall. It opened at the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield, and later toured.

Conditions Governing Access

Part of this file is closed under the Data Protection Act 1998 until 01/01/2087.

Personal Names

Hall, Willis

Geographical Names

Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield