The African Theatre was first broadcast on the B.B.C.'s African Service in 1960 after John Stockbridge, a B.B.C. producer, was asked to devise a new drama series. The early scripts were written by Stockbridge, but other writers soon contributed their own plays, many of which had a strong political dimension. The number of transmissions was reduced during the 1970s, and African Theatre was renamed African Performance in 1994, when music, readings and drama-documentaries were added to the broadcasts.
The Writers' Club was broadcast weekly on the African Service from 1959 to 1971, and featured interviews, plays and recordings of conferences.
The scripts of programmes transmitted on the African Service as part of the African Theatre and the Writers' Club.
The provenance of the collection is unknown.