Roy Hart Theatre

 

History of the Theatre

Performance calendar (to 1971)

Audio CDs of the Theatre and its members

DVDs

Profiles of members past and present

Why did the RHT move to Freance?

Where were we before we left for France?

Photos + Reports

 

 

What is the Roy Hart Theatre?

Perhaps the question is easier answered in starting off by saying what the Roy Hart Theatre isn't! It still isn't and it never has been anything to do with any of the following - Flower Power, the Hippy movement, Political activity of any kind, Free Love, any form of house squatting, anti Atomic Bomb, any form of religious activity, Guru worship, Group Sex, Wife swapping nor any form of activity normally associated with the above forms of movements. The theatre's primary activitys are voice research and its application both to the conveyance of emotion through the word in general and therefore specifically to theatre and to song. To do this work a great deal of dedication, discipline and time has to be given. It has been found over the years that the voice does have a powerful bearing on self-discovery and therefore to some degree on social comportment. The idea that at one time the theatre was a community is correct, now ever it must be said that this 'community' was only formed out of the finical necessity of that time. Hence Roy Hart's renaming of the last theatre production that he was directing at the time of his death in 1975, form "Cafe de Flora" to "L'Economiste" if you read the play you will see that the illogicality of the piece being called "L'Economiste" can only be explained by the above. The origin of the theatre was "The Alfred Wolfsohn Voice Research Center" Alfred Wolfsohn started his work on this subject in the mid 1930's, in Berlin. Roy Hart took over the work in 1962, in London after Alfred Wolfsohn's death. Roy Hart was a South African jew, his grand father was a Rabbi; Roy Hart was therefore not given to light frivolity, nor to anything that he considered would be harmful to his students. The basic content of the above is still carried out by his surviving theatre members in Malerargues, France to this day.

Paul Silber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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