Roy Hart Theatre at Malérargues
The origin, philosophy and work of Roy Hart Theatre is profound, and it has been the subject of many books and serious dissertations. Yet the story of Roy Hart Theatre at Malérargues has been equally dramatic, tragic, comic, touching, thrilling and entertaining as anything they have ever done on stage.
In 1974 forty-seven members of Roy Hart Theatre began their move from the gentile Hampstead suburb of London to a huge bankrupt ruin of a chateau in the south of France, filled with wild ideas and an idealistic passion for theatre and life. You can imagine what happened – actually, you can’t, it’s almost unimaginable, you’ll just have to read about it.
Ian Magilton, one of the founders of Malérargues, who has perhaps loved it more than anyone, tells the story personally. He aims for a book worth reading by anyone, not just by students of theatre and voice, or lovers of Malérargues.
Ian Magiton studied sculpture and painting at Sunderland and Chelsea Schools of Art. Member of Roy Hart Theatre since 1969. Involved in the creation of most Roy Hart Theatre productions either as an actor, director, set/light designer, or simply friendly gofer.