Banner Theatre was founded in 1973/4 and creates powerful, innovative,
issue-based multimedia theatre productions, which it tours to community
The company pioneered and continues to use documentary theatre techniques.
Productions include recorded interview material, theatre, song,
music, video and slides. Above all, what makes the company unique
is its use of "actuality" - ordinary people's words captured
by the tape recorder.
Banner is the only theatre company that tours consistently to Britain's
trade unionists, a potential audience of eight million. The company
has performed at trade union events, pubs, clubs, theatres, festivals
and rallies over the past 30 years.
A founder member of the company was former BBC radio producer Charles
Parker, who with Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, created the radio
ballads, award-winning musical documentaries broadcast by the BBC
in the 1960s. These have been a major influence on Banner’s
work and have recently informed our development of the 'video ballad'.
Banner Theatre's archive is held in Birmingham Central Library and has been catalogued as part of the Connecting Histories project.
Banner Theatre - from the Performing Resistance section of Connecting Histories
Other background information:
Banner Theatre - What Kind of Theatre?
article written by Dave Rogers in 1997
Complete list of Banner Projects since 1973
Theatre and the labour movement since 1970
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