Other Work

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The Seance

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.

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The Bunker

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.

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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.

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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

WOYZECK (2004)

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.

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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.

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THE TEMPEST

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.

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CHAIR

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.

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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 FormidableA three-dimensional noir flickbook set to a jazz soundtrack, they drunk in dive bars and danced the night away.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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WOYZECK

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.

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