Fonds XZ1 MS A300-A338 - NDWT (Ne'er-Do-Well-Thespians) fonds

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NDWT (Ne'er-Do-Well-Thespians) fonds

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CA ON00344 XZ1 MS A300-A338

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  • 1975-1981 (Creation)

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15 m of textual records and other material

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NDWT, (Ne'er-Do-Well-Thespians), was organized in 1975 by Playwright James Reaney, Director Keith Turnbull, and a number of actors. This Toronto based company occupied the Bathurst Street Theatre for most of its existence. NDWT was an enterprise dedicated to producing original Canadian plays and eventually organized a native theatre group called Northern Delights under the direction of Jim Morris. Debt forced the NDWT to leave the Bathurst Street Theatre in 1980. Turnbull closed the company in 1982 with plans to reopen the following year, but NDWT did not resume operations.

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The fonds include performance and workshop files, house programs, production photographs, company portraits, reviews and articles, publicity materials, production information, technical drawings, designs, audio-visual materials and administrative records. Fonds is comprised of the following series: NDWT Performance Files XZ1 MS A300 NDWT on Tour. Performance File XZ1 MS A301 NDWT Workshops XZ1 MS A302 NDWT House Programs XZ1 MS A303 NDWT Production Photos XZ1 MS A304 NDWT National Tour Programs XZ1 MS A305 NDWT Company Portraits XZ1 MS A306 NDWT Reading Script - unproduced XZ1 MS A309 NDWT Reviews and Articles XZ1 MS A310 NDWT Building. Renovation XZ1 MS A320 NDWT Publicity XZ1 MS A321-A326 NDWT Administration. Touring Correspondence XZ1 MS A328 NDWT Audio Visual XZ1 MS A335

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Fonds was acquired from NDWT.


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Access is open. Access to staff records, financial information, and some administration files is normally restricted. Permission may be obtained from the theatre to view restricted files.

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Copyright, normally is held by the creator. Materials cannot be published without the permission of the copyright holder.

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No finding aid is available: the library provides a catalogue of records at the file level (see Notes field).

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No further accruals are expected.

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The library's online catalogue TRELLIS contains more than 850 specific entries under the author "NDWT Archives". Users may limit searches by applying keywords: more information on searching is located at:

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