THE MCKITTRICK HOTEL, NEW YORK • 2011
Presented by Punchdrunk and MIT Media Lab as part of NESTA’s pilot Digital R&D Fund for the Arts, funded by NESTA, ACE and AHRC.
Exploring the realm of remote connectivity and live experience, Sleep No More audience members were partnered with online counterparts to solve the mysterious disappearance of Agnes Naismith.
FASTER THAN SOUND • Bentwaters Air Base, Suffolk • 2008
Presented by Punchdrunk and Aldeburgh Music, with Seaming To and Semay Wu.
As part of the experimental music festival, Faster Than Sound, a balaclava-clad man drove audience members to a decommissioned nuclear bunker containing an unexpected sound-based experience. For one night only, they explored the space and discovered the durational performance by Seaming To and Semay Wu at the centre of the installation.
THE YELLOW WALLPAPER
BATTERSEA ARTS CENTRE, UK • 2005
Presented by Punchdrunk and Battersea Arts Centre.
Specially conceived for a tiny, hidden space in the eaves of Battersea Arts Centre, The Yellow Wallpaper was a one-to-one performance installation commissioned by BAC for Octoberfest 2005. Single audience members encountered a nameless woman confined to her room, the twisted pattern of the wallpaper invading the recesses of her mind.
'A tiny theatrical masterpiece, full of mystery, tenderness and compassion.'
Total Theatre Magazine
THE BIG CHILL FESTIVAL
Marat / Sade (2005)
'If it was different you were after, there was only ever one place to head. In the Punchdrunk tent, The Persecution and Assassination of Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Clarenton under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade boasted a cast of fairground masters, jazz singers, doctors and ballroom dancers. They performed for up to seven hours each night, providing a piece of interactive theatre that was at once bewitching and bewildering. It proved a major talking point of the weekend.’
Phin Foster, The Financial Times
Created for the Big Chill Arts Trail, the enigmatic tale of soldier Woyzeck was deconstructed to lure the audience into a surreal maze of intrigue, passion and sideshow thrills.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
NORFOLK, UK • 2002
An interactive, promenade reworking of the summer classic in a private house and garden. Guests became unwitting spectators to a family feud as their children became fairies beneath their feet.
DARTMOOR, UK • 2001 | DEPTFORD, UK • 2003
Presented by Punchdrunk and the National Trust.
Punchdrunk was commissioned by the National Trust to bring a new audience to one of the Trust's most historic properties in the South-West, in 2001. This production was re-staged at the Old Seager Distillery, Deptford, in 2003.
THE OLD SEAGER DISTILLERY, DEPTFORD, UK • 2002
Presented by Punchdrunk and Deptford X Festival of Contemporary Art.
Inspired by Eugene Ionesco's The Chairs, Punchdrunk created a fusion of large-scale installation and performance. Audiences could discover as much or as little about the inhabitants as they wished.
"One of the highlights of the festival"
Ruben Thurnhill, Deptford X Director
JONNY FORMIDABLE: Mystery at the pink flamingo
ROBOROUGH STUDIO, EXETER, UK • 2001
Jonny Formidable: Mystery at the Pink Flamingo was an interactive show that invited an audience into the world of Jonny Formidable, A three-dimensional noir flickbook set to a jazz soundtrack, they drunk in dive bars and danced the night away.
THE HOUSE OF OEDIPUS
POLTIMORE HOUSE, DEVON, UK • 2000
Across thirteen acres of wild Victorian garden, two plays ran in tandem, Oedipus the King and Antigone. Performances took place in secret groves and under the cover of ancient oak trees, all in the shadow of the ivy-covered skeleton of Poltimore House.
THE MOON SLAVE
EXETER, UK • 2000
Single audience members discover a parcel addressed to them on an empty stage.
After following the instructions inside, they met a masked chauffeur who took them to a lonely old mansion house. Candlelit paths then led them through a dense forest where the story unravelled. The Moon Slave culminated in a nerve-shattering pyrotechnic final that illuminated the horrific truth at the heart of the fairy tale.
"Take a barrowload of magic, a truck-full of suspense and a wealth of imagination... one of the best nights of the year."
THE CHERRY ORCHARD
EXETER, UK • 2000
Set in a crumbling mansion echoing the last hopes of a forgotten aristocracy, audiences explored a radical reworking of Chekhov’s classic, The Cherry Orchard.
EXETER, UK • 2000
Based on Georg Büchner's incomplete play, Woyzeck was the prototype of what a Punchdrunk show would become. Scenes were scattered across an abandoned army barracks in Exeter and a masked audience uncovered their own paths through the story. Everything that has followed in Punchdrunk’s history can be traced back to this point.