ITA/258 Storytellers Theatre Company (1986-2008)

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The Mayor of Casterbridge (1999); Photo by Tom LawlorStorytellers was founded in 1986 by Mary Elizabeth Burke-Kennedy to create and tour ensemble theatre based on major stories from Irish and international sources, by writers from Oscar Wilde to Sophocles, from George Moore to John Steinbeck. The artistic policy and motivation of the company was driven by (1) the belief that the telling of stories is fundamental to the creation of theatre, (2) the desire to revisit and revitalize classic, neglected or forgotten texts and (3) the need to create new stories from diverse literary sources. After losing its Arts Council funding in 2008, the company announced the closure of the company after 22 years of providing professional theatre to venues around the country. The collection reflects the seminal role of the company in Irish theatre and includes scripts, programs, correspondence, recordings, and photographs.

Photo: Scene from The Mayor of Casterbridge (1999); Photo by Tom Lawlor

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