Patalog Theatre Co. is a Melbourne based independent theatre company launched in 2017 by Artistic Director Ben Walter.
Patalog Theatre is committed to presenting unequivocally truthful and challenging work, no matter how unsettling it may be. Through this commitment to truthful story-telling, we hope to energise younger artists and audiences with theatrical expression.
We actively seek out work which provokes audiences and artists alike and stimulates radical thinking, and thoughtful discussion. We are deeply passionate about both being a voice for younger generations and inviting audiences and creatives to push the boundaries of what they think theatre is capable of both being and doing. Through this we hope to create a more vivid, vibrant and accurate image of the world around us.
As a young company we feel as though there has never been a more appropriate time to confront the unsettling truths of the world. As anxieties around the globe intensify daily, the pressure on the future generations to pick up the pieces and forge onward similarly increases. We hope that the act of play making, and overcoming the associated challenges it presents will serve as a metaphor for the resilience and determination which, despite the external chaos, fundamentally define the current generation of young people, and encourage future generations to follow suit.
“Our births and deaths are absurd. But our lives must not be. To find meaning in life is what makes us humane. Often drama mixes images of the things we must accept - our mortality and weakness - with images of what we need to change: our daily social life. It is precisely here that we find our need for justice and not merely for food and clothing - it is our need for a meaning to our life. And that meaning relates to our mortality. Without it we would not be human. It is a need that an economy alone cannot, will not, satisfy. When catastrophe finally comes it does so quickly and totally. Afterwards in bewilderment we ask how humans could have behaved so inhumanly. The reason is that they fell from reality into the imagination.”
EDWARD BOND, The Guardian
We have been inspired by the example of companies such as Hayloft Project and MKA in Melbourne specifically, and more broadly The Royal Court Theatre abroad. As we continue to bring challenging and urgent work to Melbourne audiences, we hope to herald and lead the next generation of youthful revitalisation of the sector.
"Patalog Theatre may be the most stylish and enterprising indie theatre company to come out of Melbourne since The Hayloft Project."
CAMERON WOODHEAD, The Age