The Palace of Wasted Dreams, was a musical theatre production that explored and gave voice to women’s relationship with alcohol.

Devised by Janice Connolly and Terina Talbot with Director Gwenda Hughes, the piece aimed to go beyond medical analysis and sensational media coverage to present a non-judgemental, multi-voiced take on why different women drink and what happens when they do.

Taking inspiration from cabaret and vaudeville, audience members were invited into the seductive environs of a 21st century ‘Gin Palace’. Kitty and Stella acted as hosts for the evening leading audiences on an exhilarating musical adventure featuring original songs, a live band and a 20-strong community cast.

The production’s unique research process took place across two years and involved research interviews, workshops and summer schools.

The Palace of Wasted Dreams was a brave and unflinching exploration of a dark and important subject presented in a performance merging both humour and honesty.

Drew the audience in with real moments of poignancy.

Audience Member


It’s here, it’s arrived. Come on in!

Metro, 2011


The Palace of Wasted Dreams is a Women & Theatre production in association with mac birmingham. It was funded by Arts Council England, Aquarius, Sir Barry Jackson Trust, Bryant Trust, Alcohol Education Research Council, John Feeney Charitable Trust, Birmingham City Council, Harry Payne Trust, The Grimmitt Trust and The Cole Charitable Trust.