Fun Palaces

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Sat / Sun 4/5 Oct 2014 – Theatres (and other spaces) across the land are being transformed into Fun Palaces – fulfilling a dream of Joan Littlewood, one of the most radically inclusive theatre makers there ever was, and whose centenary is that weekend.  What shall we do?

“Choose what you want to do – or watch someone else doing it. Learn how to handle tools, paint, babies, machinery, or just listen to your favourite tune. Dance, talk or be lifted up to where you can see how other people make things work. Sit out over space with a drink and tune in to what’s happening elsewhere in the city. Try starting a riot or beginning a painting – or just lie back and stare at the sky.”

This is the Fun Palace Manifesto for 2014:

What Makes a Fun Palace?

Free, Local, Innovative, Transformative and Engaging

FREE: Fun Palaces are free.

LOCAL : Fun Palaces have community involvement, engagement and participation at heart. To make a local Fun Palace you agree to ask local people what they would like to do.

INNOVATIVE: Fun Palaces find new ways to bring the arts and sciences together.

TRANSFORMATIVE: Fun Palaces intend to transform the place/spaces you are working in, they transform the makers, and they transform the participants. We expect to be different after we have engaged with Fun Palaces.

ENGAGEMENT: Fun Palaces are about full participation. Sitting and listening is fine, as long as it also includes opportunities to have a go.


Find out more about Fun Palaces here

I need some really good people to work with me on this.  Who’s in?

Kate Hall – Vivacity / Creative Peterborough / Jumped Up Theatre


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