On a regular basis, members of the VWoolf Listserv post queries. Jane Garrity, associate professor of English at the University of Colorado, recently asked for tips about resources for Katie Mitchell’s Waves, her 2006 multi-media stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s eponymous novel.
Today, she sent an email sharing the “wonderful suggestions” she received. I am posting them here, along with a National Theater video about the production itself.
- The book, Waves, sold by the National Theater bookshop, contains many great photographs and the text of the production.
- You can listen online to a Platform event podcast in which director Katie Mitchell discusses the production.
- A resource pack on Waves by the National Theater’s Discover Department is available for free download. Download this file: Waves_workpack.pdf.
- A research pack containing photocopies of the programme, approximately 10 national newspaper reviews and a small selection of production shots is available to purchase from the Archive for £7.00 (VAT and international postage included). To order, contact Suzanne Doolin, the National Theatre Archive Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Garrity also wrote that, “According to Suzanne Doolin, no visual recording of Waves is available now–though this is being discussed. She writes:`It is seldom that we release recordings commercially – filming a show to the standard expected by a group, or home viewing public, is an expensive business and is beyond our standard production budgets. Such filming must be carefully weighed with the fact that the works are created for a live and relatively intimate audience, cameras alter the nature of a performance.
“`We have made a number of commercial releases in the past in partnership with commercial distributors, and you’ll be pleased to know we are exploring the technicalities of an ‘educational release only’ phase as an initial step. With the huge popularity of NT Live, we are also considering the potential for later DVD sales of such broadcasts, however there are numerous legal, and artistic implications which must be navigated amongst the many involved groups and this is something which takes time.'”
Doolin said the National Theatre Archive holds visual recordings of all NT productions from mid 1995 onwards that are made available to view in the archive upon appointment.
Read more about the Mitchell production of Waves on Blogging Woolf: