Routledge Performance Archive

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Date 14 Dec 2012

Curtain up!

Featuring: cupcakes and transatlantic celebrations for the launch of the RPA; press coverage, rave reviews and endorsements; and new content from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London for 2013.

It's show-time for the Routledge Performance Archive (RPA), as we are now live. We are pleased to bring you the first of our regular news updates, including: cupcakes and transatlantic celebrations for the launch of the RPA; press coverage, rave reviews and endorsements; and new content from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London for 2013.

• US Launch – ASTR  
The Routledge Performance Archive officially launched in the USA in November. It was demonstrated live to many of the 500 delegates at the American Society for Theatre Research annual conference in Nashville. Our 'take a tour' video displayed the features and organisation of the RPA, and stimulated useful conversations with teachers and scholars, many of whom who were already thinking about how to use the archive in their work.

• UK Launch – TaPRA
The Studio 3 Gallery was the setting at the Theatre and Performance Research Association annual conference in Canterbury, for a show-stopping launch. In front of a crowded gallery of several hundred scholars and postgraduate students, Digital Theatre and Routledge representatives presented the RPA and introduced to the audience its various functionalities via the video tour.

Delegates were able to try out the product for themselves on iPads in the studio, and responded enthusiastically to the new platform and the site’s various features. They sampled a slice of the RPA and also managed to squeeze in a Routledge cupcake to celebrate this world premiere...

• Read the reviews and endorsements
The launch in September received coverage in a number of national publications:

   - The Stage
   - What’s on Stage
   - The Evening Standard – “Pushing the digital revolution further is a new partnership between Digital Theatre and Routledge.”

The Routledge Performance Archive understands that teaching and lecturing about the live event requires the next best thing: a web-based, audiovisual archival record accessible to students and researchers everywhere. The Archive’s carefully selected and catalogued visual footage of genres, major performances, key practitioners, and training approaches is particularly important to study internationally, and it promises to greatly enhance and enlarge the scope of performance studies.” – Prof. Peta Tait, La Trobe University, Australia, RPA Advisory Board Member

• Free Trials
Since launch, we have set up over 300 free trials for institutions and libraries all over the world. If you would like to sample the archive for yourself, ‘take a tour’ to find out more, and Contact Us to request your free trial.

• HOT NEWS Victoria and Albert Museum content for 2013
We can reveal that in January, there will be additional exclusive content from the Victoria & Albert Museum’s National Video Archive of Performance Recordings added to the RPA, plus other footage and audio recordings, including:

   - Michael Frayn, discussing the nature of performance
   - Sir Peter Hall, discussing masks
   - Bill Gaskill, discussing theatre in the 1950s
   - Kwame Kwei-Armah, discussing black theatre in Britain

Watch this space for more information and announcement of content updates in January.

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