This is an urgent appeal! I am Danny Forde, Camden Palace Hotel spokesman, and I ask you today for a few minutes of your time and maybe a few of your precious shekels, dinaros or dollars. But firstly, I must tell you of Camden Palace Hotel! Located on the banks of the river Lee in Cork city centre, Camden Palace Hotel has been providing space and facilities to artists since 2009. Incorporating fields as diverse as painting, theatre, dance, film-making, music and photography, to name but a few, Camden Palace Hotel encourages and facilitates creative experimentation, idea-sharing and collaboration amongst artists of all disciplines. Camden Palace Hotel is an independent not for profit arts centre, currently receiving zero funding, we are a self sufficient entity helped along by public donations and the hard work of our volunteers. We aim to encourage creative partnerships and collaboration between, artists, individuals, business, community groups and other public bodies, as well as to promote social inclusion and diversity through actively encouraging access and participation to all.
Situated in the middle of Camden Palace Hotel is the theatre, an intimate 90 seater venue. To date the theatre has hosted several different projects ranging from 'Chekov Plays' presented by Gulliver's Travelling Theatre, to the Orchard Theatre Comapny's 'Stones in his Pockets' and Shelagh Stephenson's 'Five Kinds of Silence'. For these shows we were lucky enough to be able to borrow a stage from some kindly wizards, but alas they have flown the coop and the theatre is still without a stage…..and the actors are loose….when captured one actor was quoted as saying:
"Please help us with our project to bring quality, professional theatre productions to Camden Palace Hotel. In the last year the theatre space in Camden Palace Hotel has been decorated to a very high standard, an in house theatre company set up and now we just need a new stage to get our theatre project up and running full time. We have worked on a number of newly written innovative projects this year which has seen the collaboration of many visual and performing artists, both resident and visiting, Camden Palace Hotel. What we need now is to take this project to the next level where we can invite both local and international artists to Cork." - Maria O'Callaghan, Camden Palace Theatre Co-op
So over the next few weeks, as your kind donations start coming in, we'll upload a new video once a week to our blog updating you on our progress, rounding up the actors, building the stage and all the other nonsense…..then of course, all going well, we'll have the stage up and running in February 2012, with the opening show scheduled for (fingers crossed) Valentines night....so please get donating and follow the weekly updates on the blog and on the Fund it site.