The collection consists of material created in relation to the Company's theatrical productions, and administrative papers reflecting the Company's involvement in a wide range of activities, including participatory arts projects and the management of various schemes related to theatre and the arts in the region. There is also a small amount of material resulting from the governance of the Company, including meeting and board minutes (1983-2004), and various individual business plans, campaign administration, reports and autobiographical files which give an impression of how the business has developed.
A series of production files (1974-2002) contain publicity material (such as flyers, posters, etc.), scripts (sometimes heavily annotated with amendments or technical directions), photographs, reviews (photocopies of cuttings from newspapers) and administrative material (such as contracts between writers, directors, designers, etc., and correspondence). Much of the material is highly visual and attractive, and documents the activities of one of the longest surviving small scale touring companies of many that were set up in the mid-20th century.
Administrative papers (1970s-2005) reflect the 'behind-the-scenes' activities involved in the project and partnership based style of work typical of a grant funded arts organisation. Some files relate to individual short term arts participation projects based in one particular school or community group, others to larger projects which span a number of years or involve a range of contributors from across the region or beyond. Other files relate to the Company's management of the venue The Old Library, Mansfield, the scheme Northamptonshire Touring Arts, and the administration of a wide network of artists and venues. These project files reveal, through the activities of the Company, the role that arts and theatre making can play in tackling some of the issues affecting small communities in the East Midlands region over the years (for example, unemployment, miners' strikes, trade union activity, the garment industry, farming, etc.).