Lucky Find ~ Hunter Valley Theatre Company Archive

Filed under News ~ by Press on  22 Dec 2012

The lost archives of one of Newcastle’s longest running theatre companies, discovered in an abandoned inner city office space set for demolition, will be digitised at the University of Newcastle.

Staff at the University’s Cultural Collections recently began a significant archiving process, digitising hundreds of images of theatrical productions staged by the now defunct Hunter Valley Theatre Company (HVTC).

Born in the 1970s, the HVTC was the first professional theatre company in regional Australia and became the launch pad for many Australian performers who are now household names including actor/writer/director Jonathon Biggins and John Doyle, who is one half of the duo ‘Roy and HG’.

The theatre company folded in 1996 and until a few years ago the whereabouts of the company’s artistic and administrative records remained a mystery.

In 2008, a group of young actors and former University of Newcastle students rehearsing a play at Newcastle’s Civic Arcade discovered boxes of the company’s records including programs, posters, and production photographs and accounting records.

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