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THM/396 - Shared Experience Theatre Company Archive
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This material is held at V&A: Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/396
Dates of Creation 1976-2008
Name of Creator Shared Experience Theatre Company
Language of Material English
Physical Description 202 files

Scope and Content

The archive contains records relating to the running of Shared Experience Theatre Company including: reports, board minutes, and details of how the company is funded. It contains material relating to plays produced by the company including: prompt scripts, production files, photographs, and costume designs. There is also a small quantity of material relating to the marketing of Shared Experience. The majority of material in the archive reflects Nancy Meckler's time as artistic director, although there is some material from Mike Alfreds time as artistic director.

Administrative / Biographical History

Shared Experience is a British touring theatre company that specialises in adaptations of literary texts. Celebrated for their inventive storytelling and a highly physical acting style the company was formed in 1975 by director Mike Alfreds. The first production was a trilogy based on the legend of the Arabian Nights, followed by the highly acclaimed Bleak House, and A Handful of Dust.

In 1988, Nancy Meckler succeeded Alfreds as artistic director, and in 2000 she was joined by Polly Teale. They have continued Shared Experience’s tradition of producing adaptations of classic novels, including an adaptation of War and Peace and After Mrs Rochester.

In 2011 Shared Experience became the Resident Company at the Oxford Playhouse and also learned that it would no longer be among Arts Council England’s regularly funded clients.

Arrangement

The archive has been kept in its original order where possible, any deviations from this have been noted at file level. The archive has been divided into the following six series:

  • THM/396/1 - Papers relating to the running of Shared Experience
  • THM/396/2 - Production Records
  • THM/396/3 - Literary Records
  • THM/396/4 - Photographs
  • THM/396/5 - Sound and Film Recordings
  • THM/396/6 - Shared Experience Marketing Procedures and Policies

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for consultation in the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance's Reading Room, which is located at Blythe House, 23 Blythe Rd, Olympia, London, W14 0QX. The Reading Room is open Tuesday to Friday between 10.15 am and 4.30 pm. Access to it is by appointment only. To request an appointment please email tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk or telephone 020 7942 2698.

Access to some of these files may be restricted. These are identified at file level.

Conditions Governing Use

Archive material may not be photocopied. Arrangements can be made to photograph material in the search room using non-flash photography.

Appraisal Information

Appraised according to Collection Policy.

Programmes and flyers have been integrated into the department's core collections.

Acquisition Information

Gift by Shared Experience Theatre Company, 2011.

Custodial History

This collection had remained in the hands of Shared Experience Theatre Company until it was acquired by the V&A's Department of Theatre & Performance.

Accruals

Further accruals to this collection are likely.

Subjects

Theater -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
Theatrical companies -- Great Britain
Theater Management

Personal Names

Meckler, Nancy
Teale, Polly
Teale, Polly. artistic director

Corporate Names

Shared Experience Theatre Company

Cataloguing Info

Title Shared Experience Theatre Company Archive
Sub-title Catalogue of records in the Victoria & Albert Museum: Department of Theatre and Performance
Author Catalogued by Carys Lewis
Revisions

Papers relating to the running of Shared Experience

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/396/1
Dates of Creation 1976-2008
Physical Description 93 files

Scope and Content

This series consists of reports relating to Shared Experience; minutes of Shared Experience committees and boards; documents detailing future plans and goals of the company; information on the accounts and finances of the company; details on funding received by the company by various organisations including the Arts Council and Westminster Council; correspondence relating to the running of Shared Experience; and policies and procedures implemented by the company.

Administrative / Biographical History


Reports relating to Shared Experience

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/396/1/1
Dates of Creation 1991-1996
Physical Description 3 files

Scope and Content

The material in this section consists of reports on the work of Shared Experience which have been produced by both the Arts Council and Shared Experience.


Appraisal Report on Shared Experience produced by the Arts Council Appraisal Team

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/396/1/1/1
Dates of Creation c. 1991
Physical Description 1 folder

Report on a masterclass put on by Shared Experience titled From the Novel to the Stage

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/396/1/1/2
Dates of Creation Dec 1993
Physical Description 1 folder

Appraisal Report on Shared Experience produced by the Arts Council Appraisal Team

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/396/1/1/3
Dates of Creation Jan 1996
Physical Description 1 folder

Committee meeting minutes

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/396/1/2
Dates of Creation 1976-2004
Physical Description 9 files

Scope and Content

This section contains minutes and other paperwork relating to meetings of the Board of Directors, Shared Experience Limited, Shared Experience Projects Limited, and the Finance Sub Committee.


Minutes,agendas, reports and other paperwork for meetings of the Board of Directors

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/396/1/2/1
Dates of Creation 1976-2004
Physical Description 5 folders

Conditions Governing Access

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


Minutes, agendas and other paperwork for Shared Experience Limited

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/396/1/2/2
Dates of Creation 1989-2003
Physical Description 2 folders

Scope and Content

This material was originally stored in separate files, rather than integrate the two files they have been stored in separate folders.


Minutes for Shared Experience Projects Limited

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/396/1/2/3
Dates of Creation 1990-2003
Physical Description 1 folder (1 item)

Handwritten notes documenting various meetings

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/396/1/2/4
Dates of Creation c. 1991
Physical Description 1 folder

Minutes and other paperwork for the finance sub committee

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/396/1/2/5
Dates of Creation 1992-1997
Physical Description 1 folder

Copy of minutes from unidentified board

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/396/1/2/6
Dates of Creation c. 1992
Physical Description 1 folder

Copy of general managers report

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/396/1/2/7
Dates of Creation July 1993
Physical Description 1 folder

Notes from the Board and Management Retreat

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/396/1/2/8
Dates of Creation May 1996
Physical Description 1 folder

Paperwork relating to Set to Limited

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/396/1/2/9
Dates of Creation July 2001-Oct 2002
Physical Description 1 folder

Future plans for Shared Experience

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/396/1/3
Dates of Creation 1987-2000
Physical Description 10 files

Scope and Content

The documents in this section outline areas Shared Experience wished to develop in and their goals for the future.


Document outlining areas Shared Experience can develop in

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/396/1/3/1
Dates of Creation c. 1987
Physical Description 1 folder

Shared Experience Theatre three year plan 1989-1992

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/396/1/3/2
Dates of Creation c. 1989
Physical Description 1 folder

In-house appraisal and future plans for Shared Experience

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/396/1/3/3
Dates of Creation Oct 1995
Physical Description 1 folder

Document entitled "Our Challenge"

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/396/1/3/4
Dates of Creation c. 1996
Physical Description 1 folder

Document laying out Shared Experience's achievements and future plans

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/396/1/3/5
Dates of Creation c. 1996
Physical Description 1 folder

Annotated proposal of "Objectives and Priorities for the Company"

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/396/1/3/6
Dates of Creation Oct 1997
Physical Description 1 folder

Handwritten future plans for Shared Experience mainly concerning productions

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/396/1/3/7
Dates of Creation 1998-1999
Physical Description 1 folder

Annotated draft of document titled "Shared Experience Business Plan"

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/396/1/3/8
Dates of Creation c. 1999
Physical Description 1 folder

Annotated draft of document titled "Shared Experience Theatre Company Plan Present and Future"

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/396/1/3/9
Dates of Creation c. 1999
Physical Description 1 folder

Document detailing future goals for Shared Experience

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/396/1/3/10
Dates of Creation Dec 2000
Physical Description 1 folder

Finances and accounts for Shared Experience

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/396/1/4
Dates of Creation 1989-2007
Physical Description 23 files

Scope and Content

This section contains finances and accounts for Shared Experience Limited and Shared Experience Projects Limited, as well as other financial information relating to the running of the company.


Shared Experience Limited Accounts for year ending 31st March 1989

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/396/1/4/1
Dates of Creation Nov 1989
Physical Description 1 folder

Shared Experience Projects Limited Accounts for year ending 31st March 1989

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/396/1/4/2
Dates of Creation Nov 1989
Physical Description 1 folder

Shared Experience Limited Accounts for year ending 31st March 1990

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/396/1/4/3
Dates of Creation Aug 1990
Physical Description 1 folder