File: Department of Drama.

Scope and Content

File relating to the administration of the Department of Drama. The Department was set up in 1961, with Hugh Hunt (1910-1993) being appointed to the chair. The file includes an initial memorandum by professor Frank Kermode on setting up the department, dated 1960, and a report by Kermode on the department of drama at the University of Bristol (the first such department in the UK). Drama was taught as part of joint honours degrees and as a postgraduate diploma, and its subject matter covered all aspects of theatre production and performance.

There is correspondence with Granada TV, which initially provided financial backing, Hunt's plans to develop a University theatre which would work with the department, (the University theatre was eventually set up at a site on Devas St), accommodation problems of the Department, abortive plans to develop a Granada School of Acting, and a report by Hunt from 1961 on drama departments in American universities. Also covered are the Department's organization of the Shakespeare festival in 1964 and a festival on the Russian Revolution in 1967, and relations with theatre companies ( Century Theatre, 67 Theatre Company, Contact Theatre), who put on productions at the University Theatre, including the cancellation of a play by Rainer Werner Fassbinder Pre Paradise Sorry Now (1972), which aroused strong local opposition because of its subject matter, the Moors Murderers.

Former reference: 131

Related Material

See also file VCA/7/857.