Out of the Archive onto the Stage: the Soviet Avant-Garde and its Reception in Britain Knowledge Exchange Project.
The Revival of Huntly Carter has been specially written for this occasion by Patrick Morris, Artistic Director of the renowned Cambridge-based theatre company, Menagerie. The performance will be followed by a response from Professor Claire Warden (Loughborough University), and a Q&A with the creators and the cast.
Huntly Carter (c. 1870-1942) was a founder member of the 1920s Workers’ Theatre Movement. His journalism, books, and lectures introduced the revolutionary theatrical experiments of the new Soviet Union to a huge British audience, but today he is barely a footnote in theatre history.
To find out why, The Revival of Huntly Carter brings together three unruly investigators from the newly created Ministry of National Consciousness. Their task – to decide for the country whether Carter should now be officially remembered. But with no living witnesses, an unreliable archive and divisions in the team, how will they make their final choice? A play with songs and live music, The Revival of Huntly Carter explores how we choose our history through those we celebrate and those we ignore.
More details, readings for the discussion group, and sign-up arrangements are on the following web page: