Although they have only existed as a theatre company for just over a year now, Palindrome Theatre broke out on the the Austin arts scene in a big way. Their mission is simple- to produce original modern and classical works in brave new ways. From their debut show as a company in January 2010, they showed “a professionalism well beyond a first production,” according to The Austin Chronicle.
Perhaps it is this professionalism that landed them a gig at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Fringe is the world’s largest annual arts festival and has been drawing in arts enthusiasts worldwide since 1947. Today, the festival attracts over 1 million people to see over 2600 acts/exhibits/performances every August. One of which being Palindrome.
They are one of a select few companies from the US invited to share their show at the festival for an extended run. Partnered with Remarkable Arts, an Edinburgh based production company, Palindrome is excited to have this “huge honor” of taking their show abroad.
The show itself is Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, adapted for modern audiences by Palindrome’s Artistic Director and Resident Playwright, Nigel O’Hearn.
From its debut in Austin in March, Hedda received outstanding reviews for being a fresh take on a theatrical staple–so much so, that they got international attention. The “world within the play… may be less rigid than the one Ibsen described, but it’s also not as far away from us. It’s easier to recognize as our own,” according to the Austin Chronicle. “A full Five Stars. Palindrome has dug to the nerve and marrow to find the blood-red heart of the piece…in all its horrifying, heartbreaking glory,” says the Austin Theatre Examiner.
Now I know what you’re thinking. Maybe you want to help Palindrome finance their representation of Austin theatre in Scotland. Maybe you want to see what all the buzz is about. Maybe you don’t really care, but you like nachos, drinks, and live music. Well no matter what category you fall into, Palindrome has got you covered.
On June 22, Palindrome will have a fundraiser at Torchy’s Trailer Park Eatery on S. 1st complete with a nacho bar, live music via former Palindrome production member Matt Hines, drinks, and a silent auction. Tickets are $25 and more information can be found at their website.
To see and support the show just before they leave the country, Palindrome will revive the show July 28-30 at Salvage Vanguard Theater. Ticketing details to come soon.