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This article is about an immersive theatre company. For the medical disorder known as "punch drunk", see dementia pugilistica.
Theatre company
Industry Entertainment
Founded 2000
Founder Felix Barrett
Headquarters United Kingdom
Website punchdrunk.org.uk

Punchdrunk is a British theatre company, formed in 2000, the pioneer[1] of a form of "immersive" theatre[2] in which the audience is free to choose what to watch and where to go.[3] This format is related to "promenade theatre". Artistic director Felix Barrett prefers the term "site-sympathetic" when describing their work.[4]

The company was founded by Felix Barrett. Its executive director is Griselda Yorke. Company members include associate director and choreographer Maxine Doyle, enrichment director Peter Higgin, producer Colin Nightingale, sound and graphic designer Stephen Dobbie, technical director Euan Maybank and design associates Livi Vaughan and Bea Minns.

The company is a National Portfolio Organisation with Arts Council England.[5]


In a typical Punchdrunk production, audience members are free to roam the performance site, which can be as large as a five-story industrial warehouse. They can either follow the performers and themes (there are usually multiple threads at any instant), or simply explore the world of the performance, treating the production as a large art installation.[citation needed]

Former Secretary of State for Culture James Purnell cited Punchdrunk as an example of "access and excellence" in modern British theatre.[6]

History of productions[edit]


  • Machon, Josephine. Immersive Theatres: Intimacy and Immediacy in Contemporary Performance. London: Palgrave (2013).
  • White, Gareth. "On Immersive Theatre". Theatre Research International 37.3 (2012): 221-35.
  • Machon, Josephine. (Syn)aesthetics: Redefining Visceral Performance. London: Palgrave (2009).
  • Oddey, Alison and Christine White (eds.). Modes of Spectating. Bristol: Intellect (2009).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ >. "Punchdrunk: plunge into a world of extraordinary theatre - Telegraph". Retrieved 2013-12-06. 
  2. ^ Machon, Susan. Immersive Theatres: Intimacy and Immediacy in Contemporary Performance. London: Palgrave, 2013.
  3. ^ "Official Punchdrunk website". Punchdrunk.org.uk. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  4. ^ "Punchdrunk: plunge into a world of extraordinary theatre". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-03-13. 
  5. ^ http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/browse-regularly-funded-organisations/npo/punchdrunk/
  6. ^ Higgins, Charlotte (6 July 2007). "Overthrow the tyranny of targets: minister's message for the arts". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2007-07-26. 
  7. ^ a b c Andrew Eglinton, "Reflection on a Decade Punchdrunk of Theatre", in Theatre Forum 37 (2010): 46.
  8. ^ "Punchdrunk website – Chair". punchdrunk. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  9. ^ "Punchdrunk website – The Tempest". punchdrunk. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  10. ^ "Punchdrunk website – Sleep No More". punchdrunk. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  11. ^ "Punchdrunk : Art Trail 2004". 26 July 2004. Archived from the original on 23 September 2006. 
  12. ^ Gardner, Lyn (22 February 2005). "The Firebird Ball Offley Works, London" (PDF). The Guardian. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 November 2008. 
  13. ^ Clare, Paul (11 August 2005). "The Big Chill Festival 2005 – In The Press". DJ Magazine. Archived from the original on 17 September 2006. 
  14. ^ "Productions : Faust". National Theatre. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  15. ^ "Critics' Circle | Drama". Criticscircle.org.uk. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  16. ^ "Productions : The Masque of the Red Death". National Theatre. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  17. ^ "Productions : Red Death Parties". National Theatre. 12 April 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  18. ^ Brown, Mark (8 May 2009). "Tunnel vision of underground art". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  19. ^ "ART website – Sleep No More". ART. Retrieved 2009-12-20. 
  20. ^ a b "Punchdrunk website – Sleep No More". punchdrunk. Archived from the original on 4 July 2010. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  21. ^ "Punchdrunk 'Immersive Theater' Group Seeks to Replace Mega Clubs in West Chelsea". DNAInfo. Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  22. ^ "New York Production (2011)". Sleepnomorenyc.com. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  23. ^ "The McKittrick Hotel". The McKittrick Hotel. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  24. ^ Preview in UrbanDaddy
  25. ^ Lyn Gardner (8 June 2011). "The Crash of the Elysium: Punchdrunk children only". The Guardian. 
  26. ^ "The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable | A Punchdrunk production at Temple Studios". Nationaltheatre.org.uk. Retrieved 2014-02-24. 
  27. ^ "Punchdrunk". punchdrunk.com. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 

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