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The Adelphi Theatre Calendar

A Record of Dramatic Performances at the leading Victorian theatre, it is a project of The London Stage 1800-1900: A Documentary Record and Calendar of Performances in London founded in 1973 by Joseph Donohue (University of Massachusetts Amherst) and James Ellis (Mount Holyoke College). The aim was to organize and collect information about the variety of theatrical and theatre-related activities occurring in London over the course of the century.

It may be accessed at

Aerodrome Aerodrome is a website that publishes interviews, reviews, extracts and original creative writing, with a strong emphasis on literary fiction, memoir and current affairs from South Africa, the UK and the Commonwealth. Among them interviews with playwrights, etc.

The African Film Database This is a digital catalog of films from and about the continent of Africa. It is an ongoing collaborative project which is updated on an ongoing basis, and its aim is help researchers by consolidating as much information as possible on individual films. The database is searchable by country, year, director and theme.

The African Women Playwrights Network

According to its website[1], African Women Playwrights Network (AWPN)is a research platform that takes the form of a virtual community of female creative practitioners living in Africa or from the African diaspora.

The aims of the African Women Playwrights Network project are:

1 To facilitate research, debate and encourage the dissemination of creative practice produced by female creative practitioners living in Africa.

2 To enable the African women practitioners to disseminate their work more widely and thus become more visible to theatre or festival programmers, educators, and others.

3 To enable creative practitioners to connect with one another and so share good practice.

4 To enable professional theatre makers (directors, writers), organisations and researchers to access African women practitioners so that they can better understand the work, choices and new developments these artists are exploring; and to explore the implications of artists' creative practices with them, particularly with regard to developing wider awareness of contemporary gender issues specific to various African contexts.

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Afrikaanse Kontemporêre Drama Argief (AKDA) The Afrikaanse Kontemporêre Drama Argief ("Afrikaans contemporary drama archive") or AKDA is a digital archive of play texts written since the 1970s in Afrikaans, founded by playwright and producer Deon Opperman and funded by the Dagbreek Trust.

The name also found written as Afrikaanse Kontemporêre Drama-argief.

The twofold aim is to collect as many as possible of Afrikaans dramas, and especially unpublished texts, in order to preserve them and make them digitally accessible internationally for performance, study, research and publication.


See Afrikaanse Kontemporêre Drama Argief

The Arterial Network Bulletin The Arterial Network Bulletin is a newsletter published by the Arterial Network secretariat and sent to subscribers free of charge, providing information on various aspects of arts and cultural activities in Africa.

(See the entry on the Arterial Network)

The website and newsletter A website which distributes SA arts, culture and entertainment news.

(See the entry on

The artSMart website and newsletter A website which distributes arts, culture and entertainment news about KwaZulu Natal. (See the entry on artSMart)

ArtsVark arts portal ArtsVark is an online arts portal dedicated to supporting the South African arts scene with news on theatre, dance, music, fine art and more. (See entry on ArtsVark)

AusStage online resource AusStage is the acronym for The Australian Live Performance Database, which collects and shares information about Australian live performance as an ongoing, open-access and collaborative endeavor. Intended as an accessible online resource for researching live performance in Australia, it was developed by a consortium of universities, government agencies, industry organisations and collecting institutions, with funding from the Australian Research Council and other sources.

AusStage contains a great deal of information about South African born performers and theatre makers, as well as South African plays.

The Australian Variety Theatre Archive website An online archive on Popular Culture Entertainment in Australia: 1850-1930. Extremely useful for information on Australian touring companies, performers and texts in the given period, many of them active in the other colonies, including South Africa.

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