Rise Up: Palomar Theatre

Palomar Theatre is a Bristol-Based group, and over a period of time, the team became made up of five female creatives. The women are all recent drama and English graduates, and Palomar Theatre was officially formed in the summer of 2017.

“Palomar” is a type of knot and is the strongest one that exists. Palomar Theatre is therefore inspired by this, and aims to:

make theatre that brings subconscious motivations and imagined traumas to stage, confronting issues that are simultaneously universal and deeply personal. By using multiple forms of storytelling, we wanted to give hope that even in the darkest of places within us, there is light.

Palomar Theatre, Darlings, DJE images

Palomar Theatre have currently produced three successful pieces of work.

Firstly, Darlings – a show with three actors, two puppets and burst of physicality, Darlings took an expressionist look at manipulative relationships and its link to childhood experiences. Darlings was performed in Bristol, Bath and Edinburgh and received multiple four-star reviews. Darlings was Palomar Theatre’s learning curve and through this project they learned the need to share the load of work, but it was also their greatest venture so far.

Secondly, Plates – a physical piece of theatre that connected the lifestyle of hospitality workers and addiction with hints of metatheatre.

Third and finally (so far) was Icon-eak – a site-specific performance that experimented with projection mapping and recorded interviews to explore how ‘ironic’ people can affects an individual’s relationship with gender.

Palomar Theatre, Darlings, DJE images

After everything Palomar Theatre have learnt through these incredible pieces, they are currently on the verge of creating a brand-new show:

Four muses, two models, one painting; The Lady Lilith. Welcome to the world of the Pre-Raphaelites. Maybe you’ve been here before… But have you ever travelled through the eyes of their models? The voiceless women who sat still for hours on end…

This piece aims to be a meta-surreal tragi-comedy using Palomar’s signature style of new writing, striking visuals and effortless movement. Palomar are currently revelling in the joy of being curious, brave and bold, and this is exactly what their new piece hopes to be.

Palomar Theatre, CYN, Icon-EAK, Locked Up, Jamie Corbin Photography. 

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, Palomar are especially questioning how we live in this world, what the relationship is between men and women and where the lines are drawn. They argue that it has become a “paradoxical issue that has to be dealt with using courage, integrity and sesnsitivity”. They say:

Theatre is the perfect place to do that, and right now is the perfect time.

Palomar Theatre’s main aim is wanting to make visceral performance. They believe “good theatre is like a good orgasm…lots of different elements coming together to have a profound effect on the body and mind.” They achieve this visceral performance through words, movement, sound and image and the concept that when these aspects are put together, the sum is greater than the sum of their parts.

Quick Fire Questions

  • In the theatre world, who inspires you? “Sally Cookson”, “Gecko”, “Bo Burnham” and “Phoebe Waller-Bridge”
  • What is your favourite show that you’ve seen? “Sally Cookson’s Jane Eyre
  • What is your favourite genre of theatre? “Total theatre. Something visual. Something physical. A good script really helps. Chuck some music in as well if you like”
  • What do you think we need more of in theatre? “WOMEN! More female-led stories. More female writers. More female directors. More complex and flawed parts. PLEASE.”

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