After two years of wrangling content and technology Helen Rickards and Maeve Vella are both pleased and relieved to declare the Handspan Theatre website live and launched today.
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During its quarter century, Melbourne-based Handspan Theatre created a substantial body of original work and involved some hundreds of people in its endeavours. The website aims to be a rich record of Handspan Theatre's output, its influences and its public life.
Material has been compiled from the company archives, now held in the Performing Arts Collection at the Arts Centre, Melbourne, and from private collections of former company members and associates. Some personal memories and anecdotes are included to colour in the facts.
At this stage, some entries await completion and more photos and videos will be added in galleries and through the site. Thank you to all contributors to date, and we look forward to receiving more information and feedback in the future.
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We are seeking funding for further research to fill gaps in the record, to extend and digitise photographic material, edit more video clips, and publicise the site's existence.
~ all cross fingers ~
We hope this website will be a useful resource for research and reflection on visual theatre and a definitive record of Handspan's contribution to theatre history.
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