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TitlePhil Smith Archive
DescriptionThe archive of ‘Mythogeographic' performer, writer, and educator Dr Phil Smith. The collection includes: posters, scripts, programmes, photographs, costumes, press cuttings and business papers from the TNT Theatre (Munich) and Wrights & Sites (Exeter, UK) Theatre Groups.
Date1970s - 2018
AdminHistoryDr Phil Smith is a performer, writer, teacher and researcher, specialising in making performances based on walking in heritage sites. Alumni of the University of Bristol Drama Department (1974 - 1977), he is now Associate Professor (Reader) at the School of Humanities and Performing Arts (Faculty of Arts & Humanities) at the University of Plymouth, and the author of ‘Mythogeography’ (Triarchy Press, 2010) and ‘Counter-Tourism: The Handbook’ (Triarchy Press, 2012), and co-author of ‘Walking, Writing and Performance’ - (Intellect, 2009).

As a performer, he sometimes goes by the name 'Crab Man', and has created many site-specific theatre pieces and numerous ‘mis-guided walks’ including those with Simon Persighetti: ‘A Man About The House’ at the National Trust’s A la Ronde, ‘Water Walk’ in Exeter’s West Quarter, ‘A Michael Chekhov Mis-Guide’ at Dartington Hall and ‘A Tour of Sardine Street’ in Queen Street, Exeter. His book (co-authored with Persighetti) about the latter walk – ‘A Sardine Street Box of Tricks’ – has become a widely used manual for creating similar tours and was re-published in 2012 by Triarchy Press. He is also the company dramaturg and a founding member (1981) of TNT Theatre (Munich) and is a core member of site-based artists group Wrights & Sites (Exeter, UK).
ArrangementThe collection is uncatalogued and so remains in the form of the original accessions.
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