Drama and Archives

We use our records to inspire audio-plays and performance.

A group of people on a stage. Some are kneeling and some stand and hold signs saying "Privilege" and "Basic civil rights".

Records of the Revolution. Image courtesy of the V&A.

The Irish War of Independence audio plays, The Bulletin and Persons Unknown, were commissioned to help explore more about the military dimensions to the conflict and the efforts on both sides to win the propaganda war.

Once British Always British is a collection of two 30-minute audio dramas that are the result of a collaboration between The National Archives and Tamasha Theatre Company and explore the migration of Yemeni and Indian sailors to British ports during the 1920s.

Records of the Revolution was a theatrical and artistic collaboration in which students used historical and exhibition material to provide a creative insight into the many changes of the 1960s, culminating in a performance.

This project worked with historians and playwrights to devise a series of short plays and accompanying education resources exploring the topic of South Asia and the First World War.

This art and performance project involved students of Wren Academy and the V&A Museum. It was inspired by a report held at The National Archives written by Commander Oliver Locker-Lampson depicting events of the Russian Revolution.

William Towers was 12 years old when he was sent to Wandsworth prison as Prisoner 4099. A group of students created and performed a play inspired by William’s experience using real historical documents.