It felt like A Kiss

Quay House, Manchester • 2 - 19 July 2009

Created by Punchdrunk, Adam Curtis and Damon Albarn. Presented by Punchdrunk and Manchester International Festival.


Deep within an empty city centre office block, archive film, installation design and music combine with the disorienting whirl of a fairground ghost train.

 It Felt Like a Kiss told the story of America's rise to power in the golden age of pop and the nightmare that came back to haunt us all.

The production won Punchdrunk the Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for Best Special Entertainment.


"Punchdrunk release you into the outside world looking at it differently. They are one of the hubs of theatrical life." 

Susannah Clapp, The Observer


"I've never seen a more ambitious, elaborate example of site-specific work."

Benedict Nightingale, The Times


"Defying convention is the norm for Punchdrunk, the group behind a string of immersive theatre events that have already entered modern london folklore."

 Rhiannon Harries, Independent on Sunday


Director: Felix Barrett
Designers: Livi Vaughan & Beatrice Minns
Lighting Designer: Euan Maybank
Sound Design & Composition: Stephen Dobbie
Production Consultant: Colin Nightingale


Photos by Stephen Dobbie