Pandorum Theatre Company was set up in January 2015 by the current Artistic Director Emma Harley with the help of playwright Lois Robertson in their third year of studying Drama and Performance at Queen Margaret University. Dark comedy sending important socio-political messages through theatre was, and still is, the shared ethos of the company. Together, with an incredibly talented team of local actors, they produced their first show, Daniel Sinclair for the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Daniel Sinclair is an hour-long dark comedy drama about a young man’s struggle with Dissociative Identity Disorder (also known as multiple personality disorder), and his relationship with Esteneth, a young homeless woman from Poland. It deals with themes of perception of mental heath, especially in young men, and what happens to those who fall through the cracks of society’s safety net.
They then produced Irrelevant for the 2016 Edinburgh Student Arts Festival, before bringing Gemma McGinley on as co-playwright for this production, extending the play from 25 minutes to 50 minutes for the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This version of the play was shortlisted for the Scottish Arts Club Theatre Award.
Irrelevant looks critically and humorously at hipster and the relaxed left-wing culture of young adults. Three friends dream of an apocalypse which would allow them to start society over again, while condemning those who take action to this effect.
In March 2017, they merged with their cousin company Facepalm Theatre who shares the same ethos and drive: To create important, watchable, and enthralling work that encourages societal change without preaching or airs of moral superiority. For the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival they will working together on developing Facepalm Theatre’s production F*ckboys for Freedom.
F*ckboys for Freedom explores rape culture and it’s perceived grey areas. A risqué and murky journey through the realms of the phenomena known as the f*ckboy. A satirical fusion of theatre and sketch comedy playing with penises and the patriarchy.