The People's Palace of Possibility

We’re going to the Isle of Wight and Doncaster!

 

3rd – 19th May 2024 at Ingram’s Yard in Ventnor
Check out the programme here.

 

28th June – 14th July 2024 at Danum Gallery in Doncaster
Check out the programme here.

Director: Malaika Cunningham

Writer: Joseph Houlders

Producer: Tom Dixon

Sound Design/Composer: Lee Affen

Set Design: Bethany Wells with support from Jack Poole and Roanna Wells

Lighting and Video Design: Will Monks

Palace Programmer: Sally Proctor and Sinead Hargan

Performers: Rose Gray, with voiceover by Pauline Tomlin

Sound Engineer: James Cooper

Palace Programmers:
Caithness: Sinead Hargan
Rotherham: Sally Proctor
Ventnor: Tracy Mikich and Teresa Grimaldi
Doncaster: Malaika Cunningham and Sally Proctor


Palace Archive additional team

Digital Design: Joe Bunce

Illustration/Graphic Design: Hannah Roast and Ryan Hamilton

With special thanks to Linda Bloomfield, Sarah Lewis-Cole, Tim Jackson, Marit Hammond, Róise Goan, Invisible Flock, Lyth Arts Centre, Clive Wilmer, Lancaster Arts, The Albany, Artsadmin, Ruth Nutter, Ventnor Exchange, Flux Rotherham, Regina Mosch,  Stockton ARC, Warwick Arts Centre, Sacha Gray and the team at ArtBomb, Sheffield Climate Alliance, and Rotherham Children’s Capital of Culture, and the many many people who have offered their time and energy to the Palace over the years.

The Palace asks how we find energy for change, despite our fear and anger about the future. It is about our desire to escape, and the urgent need to do something radically different.

 

The Palace travels around the country and it’s always growing. Right now, it has a radio station, a kitchen, a pantry, and an escape hatch. The Palace is added to and animated by people wherever it goes.

 

Join us for a feast, a conversation, and a howl of rage this summer!

 

So far, The Palace has been travelling to Artsadmin in East London, to Lyth Arts Centre in Caithness, and to Mowbray Gardens Library in Rotherham. If you would like to speak to us about hosting the Palace where you are, please get in touch!

 

 

You can check out the incredible Palace Archive (part of a postal / digital version of the piece created during the COVID-19 lockdowns of 2020 and 2021) here.

The Palace asks how we find energy for change, despite our fear and anger about the future. It is about our desire to escape, and the urgent need to do something radically different.

The Palace travels around the country and it’s always growing. Right now, it has a radio station, a kitchen, a pantry, and an escape hatch. The Palace is added to and animated by people wherever it goes.

Join us for a feast, a conversation, and a howl of rage this summer!

So far, The Palace has been travelling to Artsadmin in East London, to Lyth Arts Centre in Caithness, and to Mowbray Gardens Library in Rotherham. If you would like to speak to us about hosting the Palace where you are, please get in touch!

 

You can check out the incredible Palace Archive (part of a postal / digital version of the piece created during the COVID-19 lockdowns of 2020 and 2021) here.

Director: Malaika Cunningham

Writer: Joseph Houlders

Producer: Tom Dixon

Sound Design/Composer: Lee Affen

Set Design: Bethany Wells with support from Jack Poole and Roanna Wells

Lighting and Video Design: Will Monks

Palace Programmer: Sally Proctor and Sinead Hargan

Performers: Rose Gray, with voiceover by Pauline Tomlin

Sound Engineer: James Cooper

Palace Programmers:
Caithness: Sinead Hargan
Rotherham: Sally Proctor
Ventnor: Tracy Mikich and Teresa Grimaldi
Doncaster: Malaika Cunningham and Sally Proctor


Palace Archive additional team

Digital Design: Joe Bunce

Illustration/Graphic Design: Hannah Roast and Ryan Hamilton

With special thanks to Linda Bloomfield, Sarah Lewis-Cole, Tim Jackson, Marit Hammond, Róise Goan, Invisible Flock, Lyth Arts Centre, Clive Wilmer, Lancaster Arts, The Albany, Artsadmin, Ruth Nutter, Ventnor Exchange, Flux Rotherham, Regina Mosch,  Stockton ARC, Warwick Arts Centre, Sacha Gray and the team at ArtBomb, Sheffield Climate Alliance, and Rotherham Children’s Capital of Culture, and the many many people who have offered their time and energy to the Palace over the years.

I took part with my partner and we fully immersed ourselves in it. It helped us to realize more about each other and got us talking. That quality time is priceless actually. Something we'll remember for years to come.

Audience member, Postal Palace, 2021

It made me feel really reflective and inspired. It made me want to do this much more often!

Audience member, Postal Palace, 2021

Such a thought-provoking and enthusiastic, imploring installation. More, more, more please!

Audience response, Millennium Gallery Sheffield, May 2019

There were just the right balance of activities- beautifully thought out and executed.

Audience response, Theatre Delicatessen Sheffield, July 2019

A great space for collaboratively thinking about the future and how we want to get there!

Audience response, Warwick Arts Centre, October 2019

I loved it. It was thrilling and engaging. I wear my badge with pride!

Audience member, Postal Palace, 2021

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