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Photograph of a mini palace built out of household bits and pieces - salt and pepper pot pillars, a mixing bowl as a dome.
Photographer: Alex Elliott

Building Palaces

"an evening spent being introduced to some thrillingly talented people in a fascinating environment"
★ ★ ★ ★ The Guardian
Winner of The Journal Culture Awards 2010, Performance of the Year

Building Palaces was a fantastical, music-filled event, performed in September 2010 in one of Newcastle's hidden architectural gems, The Stephenson Works.

The Stephenson Works was Robert Stephenson's palace of invention, where he designed the original locomotives. Inspired by this, a group of some of the North East's most inventive performers created their own palaces in response.

Audiences took an unforgettable journey around these palaces made out of songs, gongs, suitcases, masks, secrets and cups of tea. They were then invited to think about their own palaces before a spectacular musical celebration brought the evening to a close.


Photograph of actor, Pady O'Connor laughing Photograph of actor, Jane Arnfield, sitting in a chair Photograph of masked actor in a Victorian suit standing at a window Photograph of astroturf with daisies spelling out In my palace the grass grows up to the sky
Photograph of singer, Beccy Owen, talking in a low light Photograph of people playing Brendan Murphy's gongs under a red light Photograph of performer, Alex Elliott, talking holding a small light Photograph of bells

Production shots

Check out some of our production shots, taken by Reed Ingram Weir.

Director: Annie Rigby
Designer: Andrew Stephenson
Writer: Carina Rodney
Lighting Designer: Kevin Tweedy
Performers: Singer Beccy Owen, world percussionist Brendan Murphy, and theatre-makers Jane Arnfield, Alex Elliott and Pady O'Connor
Production team: Simon Henderson, Paul Aziz, Adam Johnston, Jordan Short

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