The CASP Database is the primary point of access to the CASP archive of documented productions. You can search the database/website under the search tab by entering text, or part of your text. When you stop typing the results of your search will be displayed. You can restrict your search to “Confirmed Canadian” adaptations, “General Reference”, “Neither” of these, or “All” adaptations. Under the expandable “Advanced database search options” you can further restrict your search by checking only the fields you want to search. Under “Lists” the contents of the database can be viewed in various layouts including a “Generic Play” option that allows the end user to select which fields are visible.
The CASP Database is where we have stored key information relating to hundreds of plays we have identified as Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare, in the full realization that what it means to be either a Canadian or an adaptation of Shakespeare is open to debate. The digital archive reproduces information that is also available, in some cases in greater detail, in the hard copy archives we have also collected, archives that will eventually be stored in the University of Guelph Theatre Archives, the largest such archive in Canada.
CASP has become a leader in digital humanities research, developing unique means and modes of presenting our archival holdings to broad audiences. One of CASP’s most significant accomplishments is this online database, which documents production details for each of the adaptations we have uncovered. The Database was developed using in-house technical expertise at the University of Guelph using, initially, Cold Fusion programming language and since wholly re-developed using open source XHTML coding and re-launched in 2013. The new version of the Database adds a number of flexible functions not initially available and will allow for an improved end-user platform for the site going forward. For more information about the early development of the Database, please see the collaborative essay "'The Web of Our Life is of a Mingled Yarn': The Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare Project, Humanities Scholarship, and ColdFusion."
CASP is continually adding to the active database with new information as it becomes available.
We stress that this database is not comprehensive, though we have tried to be as thorough as possible in terms of the information we have collected. In many cases, we have been unable to locate specific kinds of information or we are in the process of acquiring information that will be uploaded once it has been evaluated. Thus, users should not expect all fields in the database to always necessarily contain complete data.