01 Feb 2021 New beginnings
It is snowy in Sheffield as I write this, making everything very bright and clean-looking. It is crisp and cold. From my window I can see a man exercising in gloves and a hat in his back garden. I hope you managed to have a breather over Christmas and New Year. It has been hard to get into a spirit of a new year in many ways – little has physically changed, we remain in our houses and re-explore every inch of local green spaces.
Despite our locked-down status – we have new adventures underway. The People’s Palace of Possibility is (figuratively) on the road again. In the coming months we will be working with new Palace Citizens in Lancaster and Morecambe, Stockton, Doncaster and Leicester (watch this space). For now, this story is being told through the postal service, telephone calls and an interactive website. We are excited that this version, very much brought about by COVID restrictions, opens-up new paths for us to work with people in a long-term way. Throughout 2020 the postal Palace connected with over 150 people in Sheffield, Doncaster and London, and all of these cities will also host the live version in the future. We hope that the Palace Citizens who joined the project then, and join it now, will play a key role in the future of The Palace. If you live in any of these cities, sign up for the postal chapter via the links above, or join our mailing list to keep in touch.
New research residency
This week, our Artistic Director Malaika begins another new adventure with Artsadmin. For the next two years she will be based there. In part, this residency will be an opportunity to further develop The People’s Palace of Possibility, particularly in terms of how this piece can:
- create democratic spaces for imagining alternative futures
- offer opportunities to discuss big ideas with strangers
- challenge the belief that we cannot change things
This residency with Artsadmin will also be an opportunity to seek out connections with other artists, community groups and companies who are interested in theatre and democracy. As both a researcher and artist, Malaika is seeking to gather the threads of this ‘deliberative theatre’ and see where it might lead. If themes of democracy, sustainability, future-building, discursive spaces and interactive performance chime with your own artistic work, please do get in touch with her on firstname.lastname@example.org.