Theatre as ecosystem: combining tangible and intangible heritage through a digital humanities approach to the Splinters Theatre archive
My research aims to develop a a new methodology for approaches of tangible and intangible heritage preservation, particularly new digital heritage and data visualisation techniques. I am using as a case study a unique Australian theatre collective Splinters Theatre of Spectacle (1985-98). Based in Canberra, Splinters' groundbreaking techniques, meteoric rise to national prominence and ongoing impact on both the Canberra community and Australian theatre practice deserves to be shared and made accessible for future study. As a first stage, an archive has been created at the ACT Heritage Library with an extensive collection of video and audio recordings, posters, flyers, photographs, business records and ephemera. The video archive is currently being digitized and will form the basis of an interactive theatre archive tool and study guide designed for drama teachers and students.