Ref NoJH/2/27/2
DescriptionThe header file contains information by and about Herbert and the use of masks and was collated by her daughter Sandra Lousada, removing papers from their original place within the archive; it is therefore difficult to date individual items or to know their context but in some cases it is possible to identify these details. The file includes both general information on the use of masks in theatre [especially articles on Greece] and items by Herbert on her theories about masks and the move from naturalistic staging and referrals to specific productions such as The Mask of Orpheus and Oresteia.
Folder 1 contains Herbert's handwritten notes entitled 'Masks in England'; photocopies of pages handwritten by Herbert on the subject of masks; a copy of Herbert's letter to Pericles Nearhou, 18 April 1986 accepting an invitation to the Second International Meeting on Greek Ancient Drama in June 1986 at Delphi; handwritten notes by Herbert about Greece; a photocopy of an article, A Note on Masks by John Balance; a copy of a letter from Suria Saint-Denis to Peter Hall written 15 September 1981 on the subject of actors wearing masks for Greek drama, and a covering letter to Herbert from Suria; photocopies title pages articles by Leo Aylen, 'Greek Tragedy and the Modern World' and Aeschylean Tragedy by Herbert Weir Smith; photocopy Herbert's typed essay 'Thoughts on the Olivier Stage', January 8th 1981; photocopy introductory essay, 'Aeschylus The Oresteia: Translated by Robert Fagles, introductory essay notes and glossary with W.B. Standford; Herbert's hadnwritten notes on books to read and quotations in relation to The Oresteia; drawings by Jenny Carey of ideas for masks; notes typed by Herbert relating to masks; Herbert's typed notes 'The Oresteia'; photocopy chapter 8 from unkown book,
'Greece and Rome'
Folder 2 contains a typed talk given to students of theatre design which includes Herbert's summary of her feelings about theatre and her thoughts about the attitude of fine artists towards applied artists, and also lists notes for referring to her productions of The Chairs, Endgame, Richard 111 and other plays. There is also Herbert's typed speech on becoming an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy; a typed detailed response to a student project Herbert had set using the OlivierTheatre, the notes include an outline of what she asked the students to do and detailed comments on the degree to which they carried out her proposals, for example an attitude to ground plans. There is also Herbert's typed 'General Impressions of Work Submitted by Décor Students of the Central School of Art and Design 1978'; correspondence relating to Central School of Art and Design; Herbert's lecture script on her beliefs about theatre and her career, given at St Paul's Girls School, 1970; Herbert's lecture script for her talk given in India, 1989; text from Victoria Radin for Sunday Plus, article on The Oresteia; Herbert's typed notes on Bertholt Brecht; Herbert's speech at the 1976 George Devine Award.
Folder 3 contains JH's typed notes on Masks set in contenxt of history of theatre; handwritten list of slides that Herbert used in a talk; handwritten notes relating to relationship of painter to theatre; typed speech by Herbert on becoming Fellow of Royal Academy of Art; typed talk 'Aspects of the Theatre' given by Herbert in India; Herbert's typed notes 'Comments on the Royal Court Theatre 1975' regarding artistic policy. Artistic Committee, role of Associate Directors, Sunday Night Performances, space for making costumes and scenerey, typed notes for Sadler's Wells Décor Students; handwritten notes on Greek dama; Sandra Lousada's c.v. for Herbert; photocopy of quotation from George Devine with note from Sandra Lousada to Cathy Courtney; Record of Productions of the English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre 1956-1974.
Folder 4 contains Herbert's c.v as at December 1986 and list of theatre and film credits; print-out of what became introduction by Cathy Courtney to Jocelyn Herbert: A Theatre Workbook; summary c.v for Herbert; typed lists of Herbert's theatre credits to 1988; additions 1992-5 Herbert's theatre credits; Herbert c.v. and awards perhaps listed for Who's Who?; further c.v.s; typed letter 'to whom it may concern' headed The Motley Theatre Design Course.
Extent4 files
DS/UK/300George Devine Award; 1969-; Playwrite prize1969-
DS/UK/300George Devine Award; 1969-1969-
DS/UK/173Devine; George Alexander Cassady (1910-1966); Mr; Theatrical manager, director, teacher and actor1910-1966
DS/UK/173Devine; George Alexander Cassady (1910-1966); Mr; Theatrical manager, director, teacher and actor1910-1966
DS/UK/305The Royal Court Theatre; 1956-1956-
DS/UK/305The Royal Court Theatre; 1956-1956-
513The Oresteia
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