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The Royal Holloway Digital Archive of Theatre Arts

DickIWF2000(PhSimonRichardson)An Introduction

This archive consists of records of activities that took part during the International Workshop Festival (IWF) between 1994 and 2001. IWF was a unique festival in that it consisted (as its title suggests) of workshops rather than performances. But not just workshops: there were discussions, presentations and practical exchanges. Many of these workshops and exchanges were unique were led by some of the acknowledged masters in the field of the performing arts.

I joined IWF in 1989 as Associate Director and in 1993 became Artistic Director, and one of my first decisions was to document our activities. Of course it was impossible to document every workshop – each festival on average consisted of twelve week-long and twelve weekend workshops. In 1994 I contacted Peter Hulton of the Arts Documentation Unit to see if he could come to record some of our workshops and we have worked closely together ever since. Most of the video footage has been taken by Peter, and all of it has been edited by him.

Mostly this archive consists of DVDs (transferred from video) but there are nine DVD or CD ROMs which are designed for a PC and cannot be played on a DVD player. Peter designed the environment for DVD ROMS, all the written material and other graphic material has been gathered or written by me.

There are ‘Mirror Archives’ of this material in the British Library and the Universities of Exeter and Hull. The copyright for all these materials rest with the artists or their estates. The Arts Documentation Unit works on a not-for-profit basis. For further information about other documentations in the Exeter Digital Archive please visit www.arts-archives.org

Dick McCaw

(April 2012)


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