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Charabanc Theatre Collection

Identifier: MSE/IR 1060

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the activities of the Charabanc Theatre Company, active from 1983-1995.The Charabanc Theatre was founded in Belfast, Northern Ireland by five actresses: Eleanor Methven, Marie Jones, Carol Scanlan (Moore), Brenda Winter, and Maureen McAuley. The company was a significant presence in Irsh theatre, and used improvisational script development in innovative ways to bring its plays to the community, as well as carrying out extensive reseaerch, interviewing community members as well as using archives and traditional historical resources.

Notable productions included in this collection include; Lay Up Your Ends written by Martin Lynch and Marie Jones, A Wife, A Dog, and a Maple Tree written by Sue Ashby, and The Girls in The Big Picture, Now You're Talking, and Gold in the Streets by Marie Jones.

Materials include black-and-white photographs, scripts, storylines, posters, pamphlets, programs, clippings, articles, a press release, correspondence, manuscripts, poems, songs, notes, conference materials, audiocassettes, and videocassettes. Some materials are in electronic format.


  • Creation: 1983-2000, undated

Language of Materials

English and Irish.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.


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Charabanc Theatre Collection
Trudie Mullins
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556