How to Build a Toy Theatre

Friday, October 7, 2016 - 17:15
Contact person
Georgiana Datcu
Talk / Lecture

To further complement the exhibition, in a special talk on 7 October, at 5:15 pm, Trevor Griffin will illustrate how toy theatres were actually built by demonstrating the assembly and decoration. A Toy Theatre is a miniature stage, built in card or wood and brightly coloured. Plays were performed on it using characters and scenes cut out from printed sheets and text written in a simple “playbook”.

Trevor Griffin has collected and performed "toy theatre" since 1960 and has published plays since 1975. He has met with and known many of the key figures associated with "toy theatre".

This talk accompanies the Library exhibition, The Miniature Stage - 19th Century English Toy Theatre, which runs from 14 September to 7 October 2016. This exhibition charts the spectacular rise and fall of the English toy theatre, from its origins in the theatrical souvenir prints of the early 1800’s, its development into a working replica miniature theatre for the home and its struggle to compete with the explosion of popular print at the end of the century.

The talks will be in the Upper Library at Christ Church at 5.15 pm. All welcome. The event is free of charge, but spaces are limited. To book a place, please contact Dr Cristina Neagu, Christ Church Library, Oxford OX1 1DP. Tel.: +44(0)1865 276 265. Email: