Because Bedlam is bedlam, there are hundreds of thousands of words written on the history and workings of the Company and Building. These are just a few:
There are main pieces of literature that you should read to gain insight into the early days:
Written at the 10 year anniversary of the EUTC moving into the theatre, this gives a detailed, if slighly jumbled around and very pessimistic guide into the early days of the theatre. Bedlam has a digital copy of it, though contact archives if you want to read it because we are not too sure of publically sharing a scan of a book.
The UoE library has a copy if you wish to read it in person, do not lose it please. The superior Bedlam Theatre library also had one until it ‘just disappeared’… It does actually exist on sale, though even I can’t quite stomach the £50 price for it.
Someone actually did their dissertation on bedlam, the dream! Very detailed and talks about the Save the Bedlam! days in great detail. There is a paper copy in the ogg office.
The Bedlam Archives have a good selection of materials which you can withdraw if you contact the Archives Subcommittee.
Complaints and Correspondance is a fantastic collection of all of the complaints we have recieved over the years. Stories include the fist fight with the art college, that time someone took a gun outside of the theatre and got arrested, and uni’s general abhor about our existance.
Less interesting but no less exciting, Archives keep a collection of a huge number of old minutes and reports. Many of these are undergoing the digitalisation proccess. Talk to archives if you want to get involved or just want to read some for leisure.
There are a few:
While mostly not about the society, they are the only real examples of their times of someone trying to explain the theatre to other people. They require a bit of knowledge about terminology (theatresports etc.), and some are incomplete due to missing pages, but are fantastic in reading as a completely primary source of the days.