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The Case For Support


We create unique theatrical experiences that take you to another world.

For schools, families, adults and communities, our work can transform, have a powerful impact and puts people at the heart of an unforgettable journey.


Punchdrunk is the UK’s leading creator of transformational theatre experiences.

Pioneers of a new form of theatre, the company innovates and experiments in the pursuit of bold and distinctive new forms of experience, for local, national and international audiences. We are world-renowned for our ambitious, often epic-scale productions that intrigue, delight and thrill.

Our mission is to enrich and empower people: our unique and powerful projects typically elicit strong physical and emotional responses in people, shifting mindsets and encouraging new perspectives. Punchdrunk’s work is for everyone – and our aim is for as many people to benefit from it as possible.

I just look at life differently now. I want to try my best!

– Year 3 pupil, after experiencing Punchdrunk’s The Lost Lending Library, 2019

Punchdrunk as a Charity

Punchdrunk is a charity (alongside commercial company Punchdrunk International) whose remit is to develop and stage work for people in the UK, delivering artistic projects to the highest standard of creative excellence. As a charity, we rely on public and private support to realise our ambitious plans. Without subsidy from Arts Council England, donations, grants and other charitable income, we would be unable to realise our remarkable achievements – such as:

Our groundbreaking schools programme and Enrichment practice:

Our groundbreaking schools programme and Enrichment practice:

creating high-impact education and outreach projects for specific audiences, with a focus on delivering learning and social outcomes

An ambitious and experimental Research and Development Programme:

An ambitious and experimental Research and Development Programme:

exploring and testing new ideas that explore the intersections between theatre, technology, gaming, live experience and more

Broadening access to immersive work for audiences in London and beyond:

Broadening access to immersive work for audiences in London and beyond:

productions such as our family shows Against Captain’s Orders (2015) and Small Wonders (2018) bring exciting, genre-blurring theatre to people who may never ordinarily experience the kind of work we make.

Some of the most talked-about, epic-scale theatrical productions of the last two decades:

Some of the most talked-about, epic-scale theatrical productions of the last two decades:

milestones include Faust (2006), The Masque of the Red Death (2007-8), and The Drowned Man: a Hollywood Fable (2013-14)

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Punchdrunk’s work defies categorisation or comparison. Our projects and experiences inspire, excite and motivate people, whether they’re schoolchildren, care home residents, emerging theatre-makers or members of our growing fan base. Our work leaves people changed.

Our high-impact education projects, for example, generate such excitement in schools that both teachers and children are left re-energised:


The children were so excited by where they had been, what they had seen, heard, smelled, tasted, touched and been told, and were so powerfully motivated by the characters they had met, that they came away filled with an urgent need to communicate. Their speech was animated, almost ecstatic, their vocabularies noticeably extended. They ran to their desks to start writing… would bring in stories they had worked on at home. Their creative writing flourished. This vivid and emotionally charged immersive experience successfully kindled their creative energies and their enthusiasm for speaking and writing – all the teacher had to do was to fan the flames. It was a joy to behold.

– Elizabeth Booth, Headteacher, Dalmain Primary School, Lewisham, on working with Punchdrunk

In this way, our work catalyses and accelerates achievement. We take this work to the places where it can make a meaningful difference; addressing inequity of access to the arts, and geographically harder to reach places. And we are developing ways to get our work to more people, nationally.

I can’t remember seeing anything quite like it and I can understand why the children – and the teachers! – are mesmerised by it. We don’t always see the arts, creativity and schools working together well but this was a good example of how it can be done effectively… It will stay in my mind as a really good example of arts organisations working with schools.

– Baroness Estelle Morris, former education Secretary, after visiting The Lost Lending Library, 2017

By creating the conditions for positive change, our work has a lasting legacy. In schools, communities, and for individuals, we want to increase the reach of our work, achieving outcomes that go both further and deeper. To do this, we need to increase Punchdrunk’s income from donations in the coming year.

At a time when the arts are being diminished by government policy and theatre in education has been all but wiped out, Punchdrunk’s playful, lateral approach to the curriculum feels essential, and genuinely inspiring.

– The Times Literary Supplement, April 2019
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20 years of innovation

Punchdrunk has been pushing artistic boundaries for almost two decades – 2020 marks our 20 year anniversary. However, it has never been a more challenging time to be a daring and innovative creative organisation – in the current economic climate it’s harder than ever to fund and grow our programme. That’s why we need support from forward-thinking individuals and organisations who believe in the power of our work and its potential to transform. Please consider joining the ranks of like-minded people who help us keep doing what we do.

Our plans for the future are ambitious – and focus strongly on reaching new people in new places. In our new home, in Woolwich, south-east London, where much of our London work is now concentrated, and nationally, as we extend our reach into new regions, our goals remain the same: to enrich and empower people through our unforgettable work. Making a donation to Punchdrunk, via our established ‘Keyholder’ giving scheme, or by enabling a gift from your company or Trust, will help us to deliver the vital outcomes of our programmes.

  • Developing and growing audiences. Particularly new, young and ‘non-theatregoer’ audiences.

  • Nurturing creative voices and practitioners, through the talent development programme. That forms a central tenet of our creative strategy.

  • Encouraging cultural shifts in schools to make creative learning part of the core curriculum, and more broadly, supporting the case for the importance of arts-based approaches in learning.

  • Creating measurable change in pupils’ engagement and enjoyment of school.

  • Embracing and reflecting diversity and inclusion across all our programmes, seeking to engage, consult and employ the widest possible range of skills, voices and talents.


is the average per-child cost of delivery of our flagship primary schools literacy project The Lost Lending Library


pays for the delivery of a bespoke, creative training session for a teacher by a Punchdrunk practitioner


pays for the delivery of schools project A Small Tale to one class of pupils


covers the cost of an emerging creative practitioner shadowing a Punchdrunk Director for two weeks


subsidises delivery of The Lost Lending Library to one primary school


covers the cost of creative and design development for a brand new Punchdrunk project


supports a month-long run of a family show such as Small Wonders

You can support Punchdrunk by becoming a Keyholder. From just £50 a year, paid monthly or annually, you’ll receive a range of benefits in return.

One-off gifts of any level are also warmly welcomed, and can be made in a range of ways: to learn more about how to support Punchdrunk, go to Support.  Or to speak to the Punchdrunk Development team, call 020 7655 0940 or email us on [email protected]

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