Fonds F0201 - NDWT Theatre Company

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NDWT Theatre Company

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0.29 m of textual materials
51 photographs and contact sheets : b&w ; 20.5 x 24.5 cm or smaller
157 photographic negatives : b&w ; 35mm

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The NDWT Theatre Company was founded by director Keith Turnbull (b.1944-) and playwright James Reaney (1926-2008)and based out of the Bathurst Street Theatre in Toronto. The theatre company acronym is occasionally attributed as the "Ne'er-Do-Well Thespians". The company operated between January 1975 to January 1982, and is perhaps best known for mounting and touring James Reaney plays across Canada, including "The Donnellys" trilogy in 1975 and four more Reaney plays from 1976 to 1981 as well as works by other writers, including Gordon Pengilly. In 1979 it toured the revue, "Northern Delights" to northern Aboriginal communities in Ontario, Manitoba and the Northwest Territories.

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Fonds consists of manuscript drafts and production photographs of the 1976 production of James Reaney's "The Dismissal" by the NDWT Theatre Company at the Hart House Theatre, as directed by Keith Turnbull and co-directed by Lester Kohalmi. The play is based on the 1896 student strike at the University of Toronto.

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Donated by Lester Kohalmi in 1987.


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Related materials can be found in the James Reaney fonds at the University of Western Ontario, and the NDWT theatre company fonds at the University of Guelph.

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The fonds comprises the following accessions: 1987-005. No further accruals are expected.

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2009/11/26 Anna St.Onge:. Accession record (Creation)
2009/11/26 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist
2014/07/22 Migrated to AtoM
2018/07/31 KCP. Post-migration metadata clean-up. Addition of GMD and accession numbers. Published description and generated finding aid.

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