RepositorySpecial Collections Archives (GB 0029)
Ref NoEUL MS 383
Extent2 shelves
TitleNicholas Toyne: photographic archive of Northcott Theatre productions
DescriptionPersonal collection of photographic slides, negatives and prints of the Northcott Theatre productions. Includes 17 boxes of negatives, a small collection of programmes, notebook, 3 reels of super8 film and a wooden box of colour slides. The photographs were taken by Nicholas Toyne in his role as Theatre Photographer for the Northcott Theatre.

Content note: Some Northcott Theatre productions contained offensive historical language/ viewpoints, cultural stereotypes and imagery that may be uncomfortable for researchers to view. This includes the use of racial/ homophobic/ableist slurs, the portrayal of enslaved people, the use of blackface and 'Gollywog' dolls.
Admin HistoryNicholas Toyne served as Theatre Photographer for the Northcott Theatre from its first performance in 1967. He was employed in the role after his wife Shan Toyne (Northcott Theatre Secretary at the time) suggested he be included in the photographers asked to audition for the roll. The audition took place at a photo call for the very first production 'The Merchant of Venice' (November 1967) after which each photographer was asked to submit photos and Toyne's were selected. Toyne continued photographing Northcott productions into the mid 1980's. In the early years of the theatre Toyne would attend rehearsals to note down scenes that he wanted to photograph and these would later be reproduced at a photo call. As the theatre became busier, productions no longer had time for a dedicated photo call and Toyne had to take his photographs at the dress runs.
Access StatusOpen
Related MaterialMany of Nicholas Toyne's sets of contact sheets and prints for individual productions exist in the EUL MS 348 Northcott Theatre Archive
Access ConditionsUsual EUL arrangements apply.
ArrangementOriginal order has been preserved
Creator_NameToyne; Nicholas (1934-); photographer
Mgt_GroupPerforming arts papers
Visual culture papers
DS/UK/288Toyne; Nicholas (1934 -); photographer1934 -
DS/UK/292Exeter; Exeter Northcott Theatre Company; 1967-1967-
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