In March 2017 our original drama The Muse was revived at Leighton House, Holland Park to mark the triumphant homecoming of Lord Leighton's masterpiece, Flaming June. With an original score by John Chambers and directed by Nick Barber, The Muse yet again sold out before we opened.
If I Can.
A major National Trust commission, first created for performance at William Morris’ Red House.
Atmospheric, ghostly and unspeakably sad, If I Can is a narrative poem, fusing the extant shards of poetry and prose of those Pre-Raphaelites that built and embellished Red House.
Covering themes of loss and longing in the 1860s, the production is presented through an innovative new form; an audio drama delivered by MP3 player. The audience ranges around this Arts and Crafts gem, free to roam at will, drink in hand.
The property is populated by Palimpsest actors, in character and in costume. You are able to choose whom to follow as their lives spool out; as if the very walls could speak and give up their secrets.
Written by Katherine Tozer with music & sound by John Chambers.
Read the full poem.
Read the reviews.
Palimpsest's world premiere of The Muse at Leighton House Museum in March 2015 sold out before we opened. Exploring the relationship between Lord Leighton and his model, muse and confidante, Dorothy Dene, The Muse fused theatre, film and online elements. The play began with a drinks soirée ranging through the glorious salons of Leighton's palace of art and culminated in the artist's studio where Dorothy posed nude in 1886.
Click here for production stills and reviews for The Muse.
Click here to read Pendle Harte's interview with Katherine Tozer for Absolutely magazines
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