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Tiata Fahodzi Theatre Company

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This material is held at V&A Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/424
Dates of Creation 1998-2009
Name of Creator Tiata Fahodzi Theatre Company
Language of Material English
Physical Description 12 boxes (150 folders and 31 items)

Scope and Content

The archive comprises records relating to the productions and administration of Tiata Fahodzi and is divided into two series. The first series comprises records relating to the creative and administrational aspects of the company and is catalogued in chronological order, and by production or event. The second series comprises records relating to the overall management of the company and includes documents relating to applications for external funding, material relating to education and outreach projects, and a collection of photographs documenting the company's productions and events. The collection is mainly paper-based, but also includes sound recordings from one of its productions.

Administrative / Biographical History

Tiata Fahodzi is a theatre company founded in 1997 by Femi Elufowoju, jr, who was its artistic director until 2010. The name derives from the Yoruba and Twi languages of West Africa and translates as "theatre of the emancipated". The aim of the company is to "convey, celebrate and challenge the cultural experiences of Africans living in the United Kingdom". The company commissions and develops new writing as well as reinterpreting African and European classics. It stages one major production each year as well as presenting new, emerging talent through initiatives such Tiata Delights, a festival of playreadings and performances of new writing.

Arrangement

The archive has been kept in its original order, and has been divided into the following two series:

  • THM/424/1 - Production and project management records
  • THM/424/2 - General theatre management records

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for consultation in the V&A Department of Theatre & Performance's Reading Room, which is located at Blythe House, 23 Blythe Road, 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.

NB. Copyrights for creative work, scripts and production photographs remain with the creators and permissions will be required for any use other than research.

Appraisal Information

Appraised according to departmental policy. Press cuttings have been integrated into a company file as part of the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance core collections.

Acquisition Information

Gift by Tiata Fahodzi, 2012.

Custodial History

This archive was kept by Tiata Fahodzi until its acquisition by the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance.

Subjects

Theatrical companies -- Great Britain
Theater management -- Great Britain
African disapora -- drama

Personal Names

Elufowoju, Femi

Corporate Names

Tiata Fahodzi ( 1998-)

Geographical Names

London

Cataloguing Info

Title Tiata Fahodzi Theatre Company
Creation Created by intern using the cheshire for archives ead creation tool 2012-04-23
Revisions

Production and project management records

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/424/1
Dates of Creation 1998-
Physical Description 136 folders and 31 items

Scope and Content

This section comprises material from the company's productions and includes: scripts, records relating to the artistic management of the production, records relating to the financial, legal and administrational functions of individual productions, press and marketing records, and education and workshop records. Not all the scripts are dated. For the sake of clarity, the date of the performance has been used as the overall date of the sub-series.

Arrangement

This section is arranged chronologically by production.

Conditions Governing Access

Some of these files are partially closed under the Data Protection Act 1998. The closures are specified at file level.


Booked!

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/424/1/1
Dates of Creation 1998
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

This section comprises a theatre programme, synopsis, show report, theatre contracts and a production folder.

Administrative / Biographical History

Booked! was performed over four weeks at The Tabernacle and Oval House, London. It tells the story of six young immigrants to Great Britain who on arriving in London are confronted by a range of idiosyncratic scenarios which hinder their attempt to assimilate the culture of their host country.


Bonded!

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/424/1/2
Dates of Creation 1999
Physical Description 13 folders

Scope and Content

This section comprises records relating to the production of Bonded! and includes scripts as well as production, administrational, press and marketing records.

Administrative / Biographical History

Bonded! was written by Nigerian playwright Sesan Ogunlegun and commissioned in June 1998 by Femi Elufowoju, jr, artistic director of Tiata Fahodzi, with a commission award from the Arts Council of England. The play charts the friendship between two young women, Dolapo and Caramel in Nigeria and England, and the abduction of Dolapo by a mysterious man.

Conditions Governing Access

Some of these files are partially closed under the Data Protection Act, 1998. The closures are specified at file level.


Scripts

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/424/1/2/1
Dates of Creation 1997-1999
Physical Description 7 folders

Scope and Content

This section comprises seven scripts of Bonded! including draft and annotated copies. Not all the scripts are dated, but those that are range from November 1997-1999.


Production records

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/424/1/2/2
Dates of Creation 1999
Physical Description 3 folders

Scope and Content

This section contains records relating to the artistic management of the production and includes detailed records about rehearsals and the showings of the play, including theatre contracts, rehearsal and production schedules, props lists, rehearsal scripts, costume lists and show reports.


Financial, legal and administrational records

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/424/1/2/3
Dates of Creation 1999
Physical Description 2 folders

Scope and Content

This section comprises the legal, financial and general administrational records of the production and includes budgets, insurance documents, touring schedules and general management correspondence.

Conditions Governing Access

Part of this file is closed under the Data Protection Act 1998 until 2080.


Press and marketing records

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/424/1/2/4
Dates of Creation 1999
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

This section comprises papers concerning marketing and pubilicity for the production of Bonded! including a marketing pack, synposes, press releases and correspondence with the press and marketing agents.


Makinde

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/424/1/3
Dates of Creation 2000
Physical Description 10 folders

Scope and Content

This section includes a script as well as production, administrational, press and marketing records, as well as records concerning the company's education and workshop programme.

Administrative / Biographical History

This section comprises records relating to the production of Makinde, written by Femi Elufowujo, jr. The play is inspired by Shakespeare's Macbeth.

Conditions Governing Access

Some of these files are partially closed under the Data Protection Act, 1998. The closures are specified at file level.


Scripts

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/424/1/3/1
Dates of Creation 1999-2000
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

This section comprises one script of Makinde.


Production records

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/424/1/3/2
Dates of Creation 1999-2000
Physical Description 4 folders

Scope and Content

This section contains a production report, cast and crew schedules, a stage lighting plan and sound sheets, show reports and a tour schedule.


Financial, legal and administrational records

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/424/1/3/3
Dates of Creation 1999-2000
Physical Description 2 folders

Scope and Content

This section comprises the legal, financial and general administrational records and includes actor, creative team and theatre contracts, budgets as well as correspondence on grants funding, and transport and accommodation schedules

Conditions Governing Access

Part of this file is closed under the Data Protection Act 1998 until 2081.


Press and marketing records

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/424/1/3/4
Dates of Creation 1999-2000
Physical Description 2 folders

Scope and Content

This section contains press releases, reviews, synopses, correspondence, guest lists, biographical data, stationery and printing invoices and marketing timetables.


Education and workshops

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/424/1/3/5
Dates of Creation 1999-2000
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

This section contains administrational records concerning the education tour schedule.


Abyssinia

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/424/1/4
Dates of Creation 2001
Physical Description 12 folders

Scope and Content

This section contains scripts, production, administrational, press and marketing records as well as records of the company's education and workshops programme.

Administrative / Biographical History

This section contains records of the production of Abyssinia, a play commissioned from playwright Adewale Ajadi, by Tiata Fahodzi. The play is based on the true story of Prince Amalayou, a young Ethiopian prince who lived with Queen Victoria after the death of his father, King Theodore in 1868, and who dies at the age of eighteen under mysterious circumstances.


Scripts

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/424/1/4/1
Dates of Creation 2001
Physical Description 2 folders

Scope and Content

This section comprises copies of the play Abyssinia, including a full copy of the 6th draft, and an incomplete and annoted other copy.


Production records

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/424/1/4/2
Dates of Creation 2001
Physical Description 3 folders

Scope and Content

This section contains records relating to the artistic management of the production and includes photocopies of various historical texts relating to the story of Prince Amalayou and his father King Theodore of Ethiopia and a literary analysis of the play. It also includes a touring report, show reports, props lists, tour dates and schedules, rehearsal notes and show reports.


Financial, legal and administrational records

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/424/1/4/3
Dates of Creation 2001
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

This section comprises the legal, financial and general administrational records and includes theatre contracts and insurance documents for the tour of this production as well as budgets, estimates of production income and expenditure, and grant application forms from Islington Borough Council.


Press and marketing records

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/424/1/4/4
Dates of Creation 2001
Physical Description 5 folders

Scope and Content

This section contains a wider variety of documents relating to the marketing of the production, including press releases, a press and marketing evaluation, a marketing report, a marketing pack, graphic design proofs of promotional material, correspondence with marketing agents, marketing agents literature and a report on on-line ticketing.


Education and workshops

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/424/1/4/5
Dates of Creation 2001
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

The file contains an education pack, a workshop session plan and an exploratory workshops plan.


Sammy

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/424/1/5
Dates of Creation 2002
Physical Description 11 folders, 24 transparencies, 3 mini discs and 4 floppy discs.

Scope and Content

This section contains scripts, production, administrational, press and marketing records as well as records of the company's education and workshops programme.

Administrative / Biographical History

This section contains the records of the production Sammy, based on the life of Sammy Davis Jr. The play was devised for the company and developed by Femi Elufowoju, jr.

Conditions Governing Access

Some of these files are partially closed under the Data Protection Act, 1998. The closures are specified at file level.

Some of this material is unavailable due to being stored on a format which is not supported in the reading room. Please check with tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk about access arrangements before making an appointment.