Fonds MS-3-22 - Gargoyle Puppet Theatre fonds

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Gargoyle Puppet Theatre fonds

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  • 1974-1985 (Creation)

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20 cm of textual records and other material. - ca. 147 photographs. - 3 videocassettes. - 98 slides (col.).

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The Gargoyle Puppet Theatre was founded in Halifax in 1974 by James MacSwain, Linda Moore, Sandy Moore, Karen Schleck, and Robert Zeigler (who left the company after the first year). The group performed extensively in Halifax and the surrounding area in schools, festivals, daycares, and a variety of open venues. Gargoyle Puppet Theatre productions were taped and shown on ATV in thirteen ten-minute long episodes and, in 1974, the Atlantic Film Co-op worked on a twenty-minute film of their play The Philosopher's Stone. Three exhibits of their puppets were held in Halifax: one at Eyelevel Gallery, one at Pier One Theatre, and one at the Mount Saint Vincent Art Gallery. The Gargoyle Puppet Theatre also presented a range of workshops on puppet theatre. Their productions used primarily hand, rod, and shadow puppets, while the scripts were usually written by members of the company.

Custodial history

The materials were donated to Dalhousie University Archives in two accessions, with the first taking place in 1988 and the last in 1998. Prior to that, the records were in the custody of Jim McSwain.

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Fonds consists of scripts of the puppet plays as well as correspondence, photographs and slides, newspaper clippings of reviews, programs, videocassettes, and some administrative papers.

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Records are arranged in alphabetical order.

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  • English

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Files with personal information may be closed. All other materials are open for research.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Photographs and slides can be found in PC3 Box 25, Folders 1-31.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Gargoyle Puppet Theatre fonds, MS-3-22, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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