Aberystwyth University

Giving Voice Festival Records

Reference code(s): GB 3261 GV

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Title: Giving Voice Festival Records

Short title: Giving Voice Festival Records

Dates of creation: 1982- [ongoing]

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 1.50 cubic metres (27 boxes, 103 DVDs, 44 audio cassettes)

Name of creator(s): Centre for Performance Research (CPR)


Administrative and biographical history: The Centre for Performance Research (CPR) was established in Cardiff in 1988, by Richard Gough and Judie Christie. CPR's predecessor was Cardiff Laboratory Theatre, which began in 1974. CPR is a multi-faceted theatre organisation located and rooted in Wales, working nationally and internationally. CPR produces innovative performance work: arranges workshops, conferences, lectures and masterclasses; curates and produces festivals, expositions and exchanges with theatre companies from around the world; publishes and distributes theatre books, as well as the journal Performance Research, and houses a resource centre and repository that specializes in world theatre and performance. In 1981 voice practitioner Joan Mills worked with Cardiff Laboratory Theatre on Project Voice (1982) which brought together performers and teachers on the theme of voice and this experience and the enthusiasm it generated was drawn upon in the organising of the first international Giving Voice Festival in Cardiff, in April 1990. Nine further festivals were organised by CPR in Wales with the first four (in April 1990, 1994, 1995 and 1996) hosted by the Welsh College of Music and Drama (WCMD), the next two (1997 and 1999) hosted by the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (UWA) (now Aberystwyth University, AU) which has hosted CPR since 1997. The next two festivals (2002 and 2004) were jointly hosted by WCMD and UWA, and the two after that (2006 and 2008) were hosted at UWA. Two more festivals have been co-organised; with the Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw, Poland April 2009, and with Teatro Era in Pontedera, Italy, November 2010. CPR continues to work with other organisations interested in putting on the Giving Voice Festival.


Scope and content: Records of the Giving Voice Festival organised by the Centre for Performance Research (CPR) in Cardiff and Aberystwyth 1990-2008 and with the Growtowski Institute in Wroclaw, Poland in 2009, and with Teatro Era in Pontedera, Italy in 2010, including records of the earlier Project Voice organised by CPR in Cardiff (1981-2), correspondence with and research and biographical materials on local, national and international voice specialists (academic and practitioner), organisational records (spaces, accommodation, travel), scheduling and programming records, publicity and press materials.


Language/script: English

Physical characteristics and technical requirements: DVD footage can be viewed on a DVD player at CPR Collections and audio tapes are in the process of being assessed for access.

System of arrangement: The Giving Voice Festival archive has been arranged by project chronologically. As each festival was completed its records were brought together and stored although with varying levels of internal order. Current CPR staff refer to each festival by its number and its subtitle and year so this order has been retained.

Conditions governing access: The papers may be consulted through application to CPR Collections, Parry Williams Building, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth SY23 3AJ, Tel: 01970 622024, Fax: 01970 622132, E-Mail: info@thecpr.org.uk.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: Electronic and paper catalogues to file level and location guide for GB 3261 GV1 and GV2 only (rest in process) in paper form at CPR Collections and electronically on the CPR Collections website
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: Duplicate items have been returned to CPR and Joan Mills with the exception of programmes where a maximum of 3 items have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are expected annually or biennially as other institutions and organisations work with CPR to produce Giving Voice Festivals.

Archival history: The Giving Voice Festival records have remained in CPR's custody at its premises in Cardiff then in Aberystwyth (from 1997) along with the organisation's other administrative records with Joan Mills retaining some boxes of records generated from her involvement in directing the festivals (at AU).

Immediate source of acquisition: The Giving Voice Festival boxes held by CPR were separated from CPR's other records and together with Joan Mill's boxes transferred to CPR Collections (established in 2009) in 2009.



Archivist's note: Created by Dr Amy Staniforth using Joan Mills' "A Family Affair" in A Performance Cosmology: Testimony from the Future, Evidence of the Past London; Routledge, 2006, Giving Voice Festival programmes, and www.thecpr.org.co.uk

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2

Date(s) of description: April 2012



Actors | Wales

Art festivals | Wales

Drama festivals | Wales

Personal names

Christie, Judie, 1961-

Gough, Richard, 1961-, Professor

Mills, Joan, 1948-

Corporate names

Centre for Performance Research | Wales

Giving Voice Festival

University of Wales, Aberystwyth

Welsh College of Music & Drama