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Julie Tomlin’s theatre news: South Africa documentary; Edinburgh Fringe

08 December, 2017 — By Julie Tomlin

DO you have any old film reels in the attic or in storage that were shot in the 1960s and 1970s in Hampstead Village, Golders Green, Hampstead Heath, Primrose Hill or Chalk Farm?

If so, researchers for a documentary set between London and South Africa in the late 1960s and early 1970s may be interested in hearing from you. Film company Barefoot Rascals is making a documentary about the young, mostly British, volunteers who went undercover in apartheid South Africa, also examining the role places like Hampstead Heath played in the story. It was there that leaflet bombs were trialled before they were deployed by the African National Congress to distribute leaflets.

The team behind the film London Recruits is offering to digitise and restore footage, particularly showing streets and parks in the area captured on Super 8, standard 8mm or 16mm film reels.

Contributors will also receive a free copy of the film, which is based on the book, London Recruits: The Secret War Against Apartheid, edited by Ken Keable. For details, email Lauren McDermott at

The New Diorama theatre has joined up with entertainment company Underbelly to launch a three-year programme aimed at helping artists and companies take work to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Each year until 2020, three companies will be selected for the Untapped Award and receive £3,000, advice and press and marketing support to help them throughout their Edinburgh run, plus a slot at the Underbelly venues in Edinburgh. All shows will be transferred to the theatre. More details on 020 7383 9034.


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