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Series 1477 - Theatre Guild Production Records for Patrick White Plays

Date Range1961 - 1964
Quantity50 cm, 26 items
ProvenanceTheatre Guild
Description

This series consists of records related to the three world premiere productions of Patrick White plays put on by the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild in conjunction with the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust between 1961 and 1964. The plays - \x91The Ham Funeral\x92 (1961), \x91The Season at Sarsaparilla\x92 (1962), and \x91Night On Bald Mountain\x92 (1964) - were performed at the University\x92s Union Hall and represented an extended collaboration between White, the Theatre Guild and director John Tasker.

The records were collected and donated by Beryl Sheasby (nee Pearce), secretary of the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild and executive secretary of \x91Night On Bald Mountain\x92 production. They include signed scripts, programs, black and white photographs and promotional material. There is also a large amount of detailed 1963-1964 correspondence between representatives of the Theatre Guild and others including Patrick White regarding the staging of \x91Night On Bald Mountain\x92.

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Inventory Listing

Actors\x92 copy of \x91The Ham Funeral\x92 Script

Dated 5th October 1961 and signed by Patrick White and each of the actors in the world premiere production of the play.

Date Range 1961    Quantity 1 cm, 1 bound volume
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Inventory Identifier 147700001 Box Number 1 Series 1477
\x91The Ham Funeral\x92 Program

Includes two copies of the program for the world premiere of \x91The Ham Funeral\x92. Also an original typed copy of \x91Author\x92s Notes on the Ham Funeral\x92, a Bill Dobell pen and ink sketch, and sample Patrick White, Bill Dobell and Geoffrey Dutton signatures used in the production of the program.

Date Range 1961    Quantity 0.2 cm, 1 folder
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Inventory Identifier 147700002 Box Number 1 Series 1477
\x91The Ham Funeral\x92 Invitation and Flier
Date Range 1961    Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 folder
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Inventory Identifier 147700004 Box Number 1 Series 1477
Signed copy of \x91Riders in the Chariot\x92 by Patrick White (1961)

Inscribed \x91This is one of six copies presented to The Adelaide University Theatre Guild on the occasion of the World Premiere of The Ham Funeral, November 1961\x92.

Date Range 1961    Quantity 3 cm, 1 book
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Inventory Identifier 147700005 Box Number 1 Series 1477
Actors\x92 copy of 'The Season at Sarsaparilla' Script

Signed by Patrick White and including two black and white photographs of the set.

Date Range 1962    Quantity 1 cm, 1 bound volume
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Inventory Identifier 147700006 Box Number 1 Series 1477
\x91The Season at Sarsaparilla\x92 Program
Date Range 1962    Quantity 0.2 cm, 1 folder
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Inventory Identifier 147700007 Box Number 1 Series 1477
\x91The Season at Sarsaparilla\x92 Invitations, Poster and Flier

A black and white photograph of the original printer's block of John Brack's 'Incident in a Garden'.

Date Range 1962    Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 folder
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Inventory Identifier 147700008 Box Number 1 Series 1477
Zoe Caldwell Publicity Photographs

Two 24cm by 30cm black and white photographs taken by Hedley Cullen, Metro Studios.

Date Range 1962    Quantity 0.2 cm, 2 black and white photographs
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Inventory Identifier 147700009 Box Number 1 Series 1477
Coverage in Literary and Other Magazines

Coverage in publications including Nation, Meanjin, Quadrant and Theatregoer.

Date Range 1961 - 1964    Quantity 1.5 cm, 1 folder
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Inventory Identifier 147700010 Box Number 1 Series 1477
\x91Night on Bald Mountain\x92 Typed Manuscript

Typed by White with hand corrections. Inscribed 'Property of Patrick White, "Dogwoods", Showground Road, Castle Hill, N.S.W.. Agents: Curtis Brown Ltd, 13 King Street, Covent Garden, London, England'.

Date Range 1963    Quantity 1 cm, 1 bound volume
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Inventory Identifier 147700011 Box Number 1 Series 1477
\x91Night on Bald Mountain\x92 Program

Includes \x91correct copy\x92 draft of program.

Date Range 1964    Quantity 0.2 cm, 1 folder
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Inventory Identifier 147700012 Box Number 1 Series 1477
Actors' Copy of 'Night on Bald Mountain' Script

Signed by the author and cast.

Date Range 1964    Quantity 1 cm, 1 folder
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Inventory Identifier 147700013 Box Number 1 Series 1477
\x91Night on Bald Mountain\x92 Fliers, Invitations and Photographs

14 black & white photographs of set and actors.

Date Range 1964    Quantity 0.1 cm, 1 folder
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Inventory Identifier 147700014 Box Number 1 Series 1477
Current Affairs Bulletin: 'Culture in Australia - Adelaide's Festival'

Includes references to White's plays.

Date Range 1964    Quantity 0.2 cm,
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Inventory Identifier 147700015 Box Number 1 Series 1477
Patrick White Signature Printier's Block
Date Range c. 1961    Quantity 1 cm,
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Inventory Identifier 147700016 Box Number 1 Series 1477
\x91Night on Bald Mountain\x92 Correspondence, Volume 1 - Venue

\x91Correspondence, 31st January - 11th November 1963, relating to the failed negotiations by the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust, in association with the Adelaide University Theatre Guild, for the production of Patrick White\x92s play \x91Night on Bald Mountain\x92 at the 1964 Festival of Arts in the Union Hall, and the subsequent failure of the Adelaide Festival of Arts to secure the Union for its own use during the Festival. Correspondence between Dr. Harry Medlin (Chairman of the Theatre Guild), Dr. George Mayo (Deputy Chairman), Miss Beryl Pearce (Executive Secretary of production) and others.' - Beryl Sheasby (nee Pearce).

Date Range 1963    Quantity 1 cm, 1 folder
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Inventory Identifier 147700017 Box Number 2 Series 1477
\x91Night on Bald Mountain\x92 Correspondence, Volume 2 - Patrick White

\x91Correspondence 30th September 1962 to 12th August 1964 between Patrick White, Author (Sydney, 1962-1963; Athens/Paris, June-July 1963; London, July -October 1963; Sydney, October 1963-August 1964), and Dr. Harry Medlin, Chairman (Adelaide 1962-August 1963), and Miss Beryl Pearce, Executive Secretary, \x91Night on Bald Mountain Production (including 3 personal letters 1964, 1965 & 1974).\x92
\x91Specific references - but there are many others - to:
-revisions of pp120-123 of \x91Night on Bald Mountain\x92
-actors/actresses in mind when writing all of his plays
-his relationship with John Tasker, the producer
-references to the production of \x91The Season at Sarsaparilla\x92 and \x91A Cheery Soul\x92 in Melbourne and Sydney
-negotiations in the UK for productions of \x91the Ham Funeral\x92, \x91The Season at Sarsaparilla\x92 and \x91A Cheery Soul\x92
-photographs to be used in publication for his \x91Four Plays\x92
-his collection of short stories \x91The Burnt Ones\x92 and its reviews in England
-proof reading and checking of French translations of \x91Reders in the Chariot\x92
-contemplated novella \x91Dead Roses\x92
-conference in London with Robert Helpmann, Peggy van Praagh and Sydney Nolan to discuss a ballet for the Adelaide Festival of Arts, asking Patrick to write a scenario for it
-his move from Dogwoods, Showground Road, Castle Hill, NSW to 20 Martin Road, Centennial Park, Sydney, NSW\x92 - Beryl Sheasby (nee Pearce)

Date Range 1962 - 1974    Quantity 1 cm, 1 folder
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Inventory Identifier 147700018 Box Number 2 Series 1477
\x91Night on Bald Mountain\x92 Correspondence, Volume 4 - Producer

'Correspondence 8th June 1963 -21st April 1964 between Mr John Tasker (on board the 'Fairsky' en route Sydney to Greece via Naples and Rome, June-August 1963; England, August-December 1963; Durban, South Africa, December 1963-January 1964; Sydney, February - April1964) and between Dr. Harry Medlin, Chairman, on study leave in the UK, August 1963-June 1964, Dr. George Mayo, Deputy Chairman, and Miss Beryl Pearce, Executive Secretary , \x91Night on Bald Mountain' production.' - Beryl Sheasby (nee Pearce)

Date Range 1963 - 1964    Quantity 1 cm, 1 folder
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Inventory Identifier 147700020 Box Number 2 Series 1477
\x91Night on Bald Mountain\x92 Correspondence, Volume 5 - Stage Director

\x91Correspondence 6th August 1963- 13th February 1964 between Miss Beryl Pearce, Executive Secretary ,\x91Night on Bald Mountain' production, and Mr Sandy Clark, Stage Director, and Mr Mick Mykyta, Co-Stage Director and Stage Manager, and construction and lighting crew members John Hall, Ian Rose, David Grieve, Robert Cunningham. Also including seven detailed drawings by Wendy Dickson, Set Designer.\x92 - Beryl Sheasby (nee Pearce)

Date Range 1963 - 1964    Quantity 2 cm, 1 folder
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Inventory Identifier 147700021 Box Number 2 Series 1477
\x91Night on Bald Mountain\x92 Correspondence, Volume 6 - Set Designer

\x91Correspondence September, 1963 - May 1964 between Miss Beryl Pearce, Executive Secretary ,\x91Night on Bald Mountain' production, Miss Wendy Dickson and Mr Sandy Clark, Stage director\x92 - Beryl Sheasby (nee Pearce)

Includes three black and white prints, and eight colour slides of Wendy Dickson's set.

Date Range 1963 - 1964    Quantity 1 cm, 1 folder
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Inventory Identifier 147700022 Box Number 2 Series 1477
\x91Night on Bald Mountain\x92 Correspondence, Volume 7 - Casting and Final Casting

\x91Correspondence November 1962 to May 1964 between Miss Beryl Pearce, Executive Secretary ,\x91Night on Bald Mountain' production, and Miss Zoe Caldwell, Miss Dinah Shearing, Mr Dennis Olsen, Mr John McCallum, Mr Ron Haddrick, Miss Nita Pannell, Miss Joan Bruce, Mr Alexander Archdale, Mr Don Barker, Mr Laurie Davies, Mr Jim Hind, Miss Myra Noblett, Miss Barbara West, Mr Robert Leach\x92 - Beryl Sheasby (nee Pearce)

Date Range 1962 - 1964    Quantity 2 cm, 1 folder
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Inventory Identifier 147700023 Box Number 2 Series 1477
\x91Night on Bald Mountain\x92 Correspondence, Volume 8 - Invitation Lists to Premiere

\x91Invitation Lists to the World Premiere Performance of 'Night on Bald Mountain' by Patrick White, 9th March 1964, and to the Supper in the Portus Room (University Cloisters). Replies, regrets, including press and complimentary tickets. Seating Plan of the Union Hall, and Allocation of seats for the opening night.\x92 - Beryl Sheasby (nee Pearce)

Date Range 1964    Quantity 1 cm, 1 folder
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Inventory Identifier 147700024 Box Number 3 Series 1477
\x91Night on Bald Mountain\x92 Correspondence, Volume 9 - Publicity, Budget & Balance Sheets

\x91Publicity including minutes of the Publicity Sub-committee, 12th January - 13th March 1964, and Budget & Balance Sheets including Executive Secretary\x92s Report\x92 - Beryl Sheasby (nee Pearce)

Date Range 1964    Quantity 1.5 cm, 1 folder
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Inventory Identifier 147700025 Box Number 3 Series 1477
\x91Night on Bald Mountain\x92 Correspondence, Volume 10 - Personal Correspondence

Personal Correspondence, telegrams, postcards, etc. 20th November 1964 - 24th November 1991 between Miss Beryl Pearce in the U.K. and in the Bahamas (Mrs Beryl Sheasby after marriage to Mr David Sheasby 21st January 1978) and Miss Janyce Crosby, Dr Harry Medlin, Dr George Mayo, Dr Jean Mayo, Miss Norma Kent, Miss Nita Pannell, Dr Harold Rodda, Dr Keith Thomson, Mr Gordon Bilney, M.P. Including discussion by correspondence, June 1966, concerning when the \x91Night on Bald Mountain correspondence and the \x91scrap book\x92 should be lodged in the Adelaide University Archives.\x92 - Beryl Sheasby (nee Pearce)

Date Range 1964 - 1991    Quantity 1 cm, 1 folder
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Inventory Identifier 147700026 Box Number 3 Series 1477
Penguin paperback signed by Patrick White

"Christmas gift by Patrick White, December 1962....The gift card reads "Beryl, best wishes from Patrick White" and is complete with its postal wrapping addressed by Patrick White from his Castle Hill address."

Date Range 1962    Quantity 1 cm, 1 folder
Inventory Identifier 147700027 Box Number 3 Series 1477
Bill Dobell and John Brack Printer's Blocks

Blocks of Bill Dobell's line reproduction of "The Dead Landlord" and his signature used for "The Ham Funeral" program, and detail of John Brack's "Incident in the Garden" used for "The Season at Sarsaparilla" program.

Date Range 1961 - 1962    Quantity 2 cm, 3 blocks
Inventory Identifier 147700028 Box Number 3 Series 1477
Other Performances

Programs for Sydney and Melbourne performances of "The Ham Funeral" and "The Season at Sarsaparilla".

Date Range 1961 - 1962    Quantity 0.5 cm, 4 programs
Inventory Identifier 147700029 Box Number 3 Series 1477
Newspaper Reviews

Ten reviews of "The Ham Funeral" and "The Season at Sarsaparilla" performances from Australian newspapers.

Date Range 1961 - 1962    Quantity 0.2 cm, 1 folder
Inventory Identifier 147700030 Box Number 3 Series 1477
Literary and other magazines relating to the plays of Patrick White

Articles on White from Theatre Goer and Australian Theatre Year, Dec./Jan. 1961/62; Meanjin Quarterly, no. 1, 1962 and no. 3, 1964; Australian Writers and their Work: Patrick White by Geoffrey Dutton, 1961; Quadrant, April-May 1964; Theatre Goer, March 1963; Australian Letters, April 1958; Current Affairs Bulletin, October 1958 and April 1964; The London Magazine, July 1963; The Third Adelaide Festival of Arts Program, 1964

Date Range 1958 - 1964    Quantity 6 cm, 11 publications
Inventory Identifier 147700031 Box Number 3 Series 1477
Published by the University of Adelaide Archives on University of Adelaide Archives Web Site, 2003
Listed by University of Adelaide Archives
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Updated 6 November 2013
http://www.adelaide.edu.au/records/archives/guide/1477.htm

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