Detail from design for a new theatre in Port-au-Prince, Saint-Domingue, Archives Nationales d'Outre-Mer. Photograph by Julia Prest.
The goal of theatreinthefrenchcolonies.org is to provide a user-friendly database that details all the documented performances of plays, operas and ballets that took place in the French colonies. Much of the information provided is drawn from archives and from books that are no longer in print or readily available. theatreinthefrenchcolonies.org will thus facilitate future research by academics, amateurs and practitioners into this extraordinary and fascinating portion of theatre history, which includes French works that were translated to new contexts as well as locally-produced works. Users of the website will be able to search for performances of individual works by title, author, location and date.
In the first phase, the database will focus on the large number of performances that took place in eighteenth-century Saint-Domingue (now Haiti), which enjoyed the most vibrant theatrical tradition of all the French colonies. It is hoped that in subsequent phases the database will be expanded to include performances elsewhere in the French Caribbean and beyond.
For further information about the project, please contact Julia Prest: firstname.lastname@example.org
The initial funding to set up theatreinthefrenchcolonies.org was generously provided by the School of Modern Languages at the University of St Andrews.