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Royal Borough of Greenwich announces Punchdrunk as latest resident of Woolwich Creative District

Lesley Landlady, Earl of Chatham, Woolwich
Stephen Artist and Sculptor Thames Side Studios Woolwich

Stephen Artist and Sculptor Thames Side Studios Woolwich

  • Pioneering theatre company Punchdrunk is poised to make Woolwich its new home later this year subject to final Council approval. *
  • The Royal Borough of Greenwich’s multi-million pound investment will see the historic military complex transformed into a major cultural destination, home to a number of creative companies 
  • The vision to create a world class cultural destination is balanced with tangible community benefits including discounts for residents, spaces to hire at subsidised levels and 400 new jobs 
  • Residents voice their hopes for the future of Woolwich with a specially commissioned interactive photography project capturing the town’s faces and places

* Please note, the residency is currently subject to ‘call in’ process before the final lease agreement will be signed

The Royal Borough of Greenwich has today revealed further plans for Woolwich Creative District, a new landmark destination for the arts opening in 2020.

Following a recent tour of schools throughout the borough with The Lost Lending LibraryPunchdrunk is today announced as the latest company to relocate to Woolwich Creative District. Moving from the company’s current Tottenham base to a newly developed space, Punchdrunk will join a host of local, nationally and internationally acclaimed artists as a resident.

Lesley Landlady,  Earl of Chatham,  Woolwich

Lesley Landlady, Earl of Chatham, Woolwich

With almost twenty years’ experience creating boundary pushing theatre, Punchdrunk is globally renowned for productions such as Sleep No More (running in New York since 2011 and Shanghai since 2016) and The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable (London), Punchdrunk’s Enrichment projects create imaginative work with the same commitment to design and performance, targeted at schools and communities. Created with and for children, young people and participants, the ethos of this work aligns with Royal Borough of Greenwich’s commitment to placing the local community at the heart of Woolwich Creative District.

Council Leader Danny Thorpe said The development of Woolwich Creative District begins a new chapter in this history of Woolwich and will make the town a destination for Londoners and visitors from across the country. Punchdrunk is a truly world class organisation and I’m thrilled that so many internationally renowned artists and companies are making Woolwich their home; cementing its position as a new cultural hub, which will benefit communities across the wider borough. We are absolutely committed to ensuring local people feel the effects of this development by embedding community benefits into leases and contracts across the board.”

Peter Higgin, Director of Enrichment at Punchdrunk, said “At Punchdrunk we’re really looking forward to moving our company base to Woolwich and joining the Creative District. We’ve already started work in the borough, touring our flagship literacy project The Lost Lending Library to primary schools and we’re looking forward to developing new projects with children, young people and the local community. It’s an exciting time for Woolwich and we’re proud to be joining a vibrant arts community.

Previously announced resident companies include Europe’s first majority Black and Minority Ethnic orchestra Chineke! Orchestra, Woolwich-basedProtein Dance and the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, with further residents to be revealed. More details on resident companies’ plans will be announced in due course.

Today it is also announced that the Operating Trust will be chaired by Dr Valerie Vaughan-Dick. Chief Operating Officer at the Royal College of General Practitioners, Valerie has had a successful career with multiple roles at a senior level in the public, private and voluntary sectors over 30 years. Further appointments to be announced.

With Phase 1 building work now underway on site, the Royal Borough of Greenwich has commissioned an interactive photography project which will be displayed on the perimeter’s hoardings. Residents of Woolwich, and the surrounding area, and those taking part in activities in the area are the subjects for this project which will be publicly displayed from March. As well as being photographed, each of them spoke about what they’re hoping for from the development. Scores of locals have contributed to the project; from Lesley, landlady of the Earl of Chatham in Woolwich, who said “to actually have performances on your doorstep will be really good” to Stephen, an artist from Thames-Side Studios, explaining “there’s a huge arts community here. Hidden.” Visitors and passers-by can scan QR codes displayed with the portraits to instantly listen to the subjects’ stories.

Woolwich Creative District is a hugely ambitious cultural development, comprising five buildings, totalling some 15,000sqm. The Royal Borough of Greenwich has allocated over £31 million for this project, an investment which hopes to deliver 400 new jobs, increase local revenue and drive up tourism in the town. Following a successful planning application process, works have already begun on site. Architects Bennetts Associates and recently appointed contractors Mace will work to realise the vision of creating a cultural destination on this ex-military, heritage site.

Rab Bennetts said “The five listed buildings that comprise the Woolwich Creative District are an extraordinary fusion of heritage, fine spaces, industrial sheds and new additions. It will be thrilling to see them come alive with visual and performing arts, placing the public at the centre of the Woolwich Arsenal project.  It is also extremely rare but hugely impressive to see a local authority such as Royal Borough of Greenwich recognise the significance of cultural projects to urban regeneration by funding major cultural facilities on this scale.”

About Woolwich Creative District

Woolwich Creative District will be a creative hub in the heart of the Royal Borough of Greenwich. This influx of cultural events, companies, activities and spaces to newly renovated heritage buildings will restore the area’s creative profile and drive audiences to experience internationally acclaimed music, dance, theatre and art against a historically significant backdrop. In addition to providing a cultural resource for the local community, the site will attract visitors from across London, the UK and beyond and with the introduction of Crossrail, Woolwich will be easier to get to than ever.

Phase 1 work has commenced to transform the five Grade II listed buildings with three of the buildings set aside for Punchdrunk’s use. This phase will also see the creation of:

  • A versatile venue in Building 41, seating 800 – 1200 or with a 1800 standing capacity, linking directly to an open air courtyard capable of holding formal events for 500+ people;
  • Three professional studios in Building 41 (two of which can be joined to make one very large studio);
  • Two community studios in Building 41;
  • Three professional / education studios in Building 40;
  • Two reception spaces specifically set aside for commercial use (overlooking the River Thames and the internal courtyard); and
  • Generous public spaces and a café / bar.

Phase 1 work will be completed during 2020.

* Please note, the residency is currently subject to ‘call in’ process before the final lease agreement will be signed

Biographies

Peter Higgin is a founder member of Punchdrunk. He is joint CEO of the charity and oversees all artistic activity with director Felix Barrett. In 2008, he established Punchdrunk’s  Enrichment department, taking the company’s innovative practice into educational and community settings. His work is diverse: from magical installations in primary schools to large participatory performances in found spaces or long form storytelling projects in a care home. Since its inception, Punchdrunk Enrichment has engaged with over 100,000 participants.

Councillor Danny Thorpe Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich

From 23rd May 2018, Councillor Danny Thorpe became Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich.  He is responsible for the overall political leadership, direction and vision of the Council alongside the portfolio of Community and Corporate Services.

Councillor Thorpe has been a Councillor in the Royal Borough of Greenwich since July 2004.  He represents the Shooters Hill ward and was appointed to the Royal Borough’s Cabinet as Lead Member for Regeneration and Transport in 2014.  Councillor Thorpe became Deputy Leader of the Council in 2016 and held the Cabinet portfolio for Regeneration and Sustainability.

Education has had a profound impact on Councillor Thorpe’s life and his politics.  His passion for education took him back to the classroom so that he can support children, in the way he was supported.  Whilst his career has spanned various sectors, every role has been about providing opportunities for others and has focused on community and youth work.

Councillor Thorpe grew up in the borough of Greenwich; a place he feels has given him so many opportunities.  Therefore, he has set out his vision and key priorities as follows:

·        Greater equality

·        A greener and more sustainable Greenwich

·        Meeting the housing need

·        Fair and transparent planning

·        Outstanding education for all children

·        Boosting the Greenwich economy

·        Financial transparency and value for money

·        Greater accountability and engagement

Councillor Danny Thorpe wants to lead the borough, fighting for all residents and communities, lead a talented team of Members with resilience and determination to deliver a new vision, create opportunities and deliver change for every resident.

Dr. Valerie Vaughan-Dick (PhD) is Chief Operating Officer of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), having worked at a senior level in the public, private and voluntary sectors. The RCGP is a membership organisation for 52,000 GPs and works extensively to be the voice of General Practice and improve patient care in the UK and internationally. She leads the staff across the organisation and joined the RCGP in 2014 initially as Executive Director of Planning and Resources.

Valerie started her career with the National Audit Office where she qualified as an accountant. She worked on value for money and financial audits of the Departments of Health & Social Security, Overseas Services, Local Government and Housing. Valerie has been an Executive Finance and Resources Director in central and local government, working on financial and strategic management issues. She has been a Chair of an NHS Trust and is presently the Chair of Audit and Board Member of a Housing Association.

In 2008, she was awarded the HM Treasury Government and CPFA Finance Profession ‘Personality of the Year’ award for excellence in financial management.

Valerie has extensive experience in regeneration projects in London and says that ‘I am honoured to have been selected as Chair for the Woolwich Creative District Trust and am confident that working collaboratively through partnerships that the District will be a great success’.

Punchdrunk to release The Punchdrunk Encyclopaedia to mark 18 years of the company’s existence

Punchdrunk's Tunnel 2009.
Punchdrunk's Tunnel 2009.

Punchdrunk’s Tunnel 2009. Photography by Stephen-Dobbie

Punchdrunk has announced The Punchdrunk Encyclopaediathe definitive book on the company’s work to date, which will be released to mark eighteen years of Punchdrunk’s existence. Written by Jo Machon along with the Punchdrunk team and published by Routledge, it will provide the first full-scale, historical account of one of the world’s foremost theatre companies, drawn from the collective memory and archives of the core creative team past and present.

Compiled in playful encyclopaedic format, just like the company’s mask shows readers are invited to make their own journey through the book, and explore the concepts and context that form the foundation of Punchdrunk’s work.

The book features writing from past collaborators and friends such as Adam Curtis, Lyn Gardner and Nicholas Hytner alongside core creatives includingFelix Barrett, Stephen Dobbie, Maxine Doyle, Peter Higgin, Beatrice Minns, Colin Nightingale and Livi Vaughan. A series of exercises also offer guidance on how to delve deeper into the company’s creative approaches.

From first ever production The Tempest to Masque of the Red Death and Sleep No MoreThe Punchdrunk Encyclopaedia charts the company’s rise and evolution over the past eighteen years.  It is suitable for anyone with an interest in the company’s work.

The book will be released on Friday 14th December but is available to pre-order now here.

Punchdrunk presents a new show for children and their families at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre

Small-Wonders
Small-Wonders

Small Wonders

  • Punchdrunk presents a new show for children (Aged 5-11) and their families at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre
  • Small Wonders has been commissioned by Punchdrunk, Lift And Bernie Grant Arts Centre and is part of Lift 2018
  • The interactive experience, set in ‘Nanny Lacey’s’ Flat In Tottenham explores the power of our imagination

Punchdrunk has announced a brand-new show that will be performed at Bernie Grant Arts Centre as part of this summer’s LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) 2018. Directed by Peter Higgin and Tara Boland, and written by Nessah Muthy, Small Wonders celebrates the relationships we have with our elders.  Suitable for children (aged 5-11) and their families, previews start on Saturday 2nd June.

Inside Nanny Lacey’s flat are a collection of miniatures. These homemade creations capture the adventures she’s shared with her daughter Bella over the years. Like 3D photographs, they’re treasured moments of time and each one tells a different story.

As Nanny Lacey has gotten older she’s started to forget things. Change is on the horizon and she’ll soon move into a care home. Before she goes, there is one final miniature to share, and story to be told.

In this magical, interactive experience for children aged 5-11 years and their families, Bella invites you to join Nanny Lacey in her flat in Tottenham and explore the worlds she has created. 

Conceived by Punchdrunk, Small Wonders is inspired by the stories and dreams of the Tottenham UpLIFTers: a five-year artistic partnership with two Tottenham schools (Duke’s Aldridge Academy and The Vale School), LIFT and a LIFT commission, conceived and co-directed by Darren O’ Donnell and Alice Fleming.

Performances are also available for school groups. For more information contact the Bernie Grant Box Office on 020 8365 5450.

Through the work of its Enrichment department, over the past decade Punchdrunk has taken their pioneering approach to theatre into communities, creating experiences for children, young people and care homes.

A UK premiere for LIFT Festival 2018 from Punchdrunk, commissioned by Punchdrunk, LIFT and Bernie Grant Arts Centre.

LISTINGS

SMALL WONDERS
Conceived by Punchdrunk
Written by Nessah Muthy
Directed by Peter Higgin & Tara Boland
Designed by Kate Rigby
Produced by Alex Rowse

Bernie Grant Arts Centre
Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green, London N15 4RX

First performance: June 2nd at 11.30am
Final performance: July 13th at 4.15pm
Family and school performances run throughout the day. There are no performances on Mondays.
Full performance schedule at www.berniegrantcentre.co.uk

Press performances:
Thursday 7th June: 9.30, 11.30, 13.45, 16.15
Friday 8th June: 9.300, 11.30, 13.45, 16.15
Saturday 9th June: 10.00, 11.30, 13.00, 15.30, 17.00, 18.30

Box office details
www.berniegrantcentre.co.uk
020 8365 5450

Ticket prices

  • Previews (2nd – 8th June) all tickets £8 (plus booking fee)
  • Main run PEAK (Saturday & Sunday) adults £12 children £10 (plus booking fee)
  • Main run OFF PEAK (Tues-Friday) adults £10 children £8 (plus booking fee)

 

Punchdrunk celebrate 200th performance of ‘Sleep No More’ in Shanghai with release of cinematic trailer

Punchdrunk Sleep No More Shanghai

Punchdrunk International and co-producers SMG Live today release a cinematic trailer to celebrate the 200th performance of their award-winning production of Sleep No More in Shanghai. The film offers a rare glimpse of the sell-out show.

Sleep No More broke all box office records when it opened, becoming the fastest selling theatrical production in the city. To date, over 58,000 tickets have been sold. Tickets are currently sold out until the end of September, with more due to be released soon. Whilst still in its first year, Sleep No More is already the third longest running show in Chinese theatre history. It has become a trail-blazer for British theatre finding success in new territories.

The Sleep No More experience is closely guarded by the company. By sharing the cinematic trailer, audiences who may not get the chance to see the show in Shanghai can take a look at the ambitious production.

Punchdrunk International’s visceral, tactile and darkly cinematic telling of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Macbeth, spans five floors of a vast, specially constructed building in the Jing’An district of the city.

This is the first time an immersive show of this size has been performed in China. To create this production, the original creative team have collaborated with Chinese co-producers SMG Live and Chinese artists. The production shows the world of 1930s Shanghai in sumptuous cinematic detail, and has attracted a devoted network of followers, some of who have seen the show more than 70 times.

The creative team for Punchdrunk’s SLEEP NO MORE is Felix Barrett (Co-Direction, Co-Design and Lighting), Maxine Doyle (Co-Direction and Choreography), Livi Vaughan and Beatrice Minns (Co-Design),Stephen Dobbie (Sound Design), David Israel Reynoso (Costume Design) and Colin Nightingale (Creative Producer).

SLEEP NO MORE is performed by an international company, including many long-term Punchdrunk collaborators alongside a host of some of the most exciting and innovative performers China has to offer.

Listings

The production is sold out until the end of September 2017. For information on the release of new tickets visit http://www.sleepnomore.cn

Venue: The McKinnon Hotel, 1013 West Beijing Road, Shanghai

Pricing: Wed – Thu evening show, RMB 590

Fri – Sat evening show, RMB 690

Sat – Sun matinee show, RMB 590

In addition a strictly limited number of VIP tickets will be available for all performances.

VIPs receive Fast Pass entry and a complimentary drink on arrival for a supplementary payment of ¥80 RMB.

Punchdrunk’s SLEEP NO MORE Shanghai extends booking period to 31 May 2017

Punchdrunk International and co-producers SMG Live today announced the extension of their production of SLEEP NO MORE, which opened to great acclaim on 14th December. Over 30,000 tickets have now been sold for the production, with every performance playing to sell out audiences. Booking is now open until 31stMay 2017.

Punchdrunk International’s visceral, tactile and darkly cinematic telling of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Macbeth, spans five floors of a vast, specially constructed building in the Jing’An district of the city. This is the first immersive work of this scale to be performed in China.

Punchdrunk have presented their ground-breaking immersive theatre work around the globe for over 15 years.  To create this new production, they have collaborated with Chinese co-producers SMG Live and Chinese artists. The original creative teams have been working in China with their local counterparts for several months creating a unique production that shows the world of 1930s Shanghai in sumptuous cinematic detail.

The creative team for Punchdrunk’s SLEEP NO MORE is Felix Barrett (Co-Direction, Co-Design and Lighting), Maxine Doyle (Co-Direction and Choreography), Livi Vaughan and Beatrice Minns (Co-Design), Stephen Dobbie (Sound Design), David Israel Reynoso (Costume Design) and Colin Nightingale (Creative Producer).

SLEEP NO MORE is performed by an international company, including many long-term Punchdrunk collaborators alongside a host of some of the most exciting and innovative performers China has to offer.

Listings

Venue: The McKinnon Hotel, 1013 West Beijing Road, Shanghai
Dates: Booking until 31st May 2017
Pricing:
Wed – Thu evening show, RMB 550
Fri – Sat evening show, RMB 650
Sat – Sun matinee show, RMB 550

Website: http://www.sleepnomore.cn

Punchdrunk’s SLEEP NO MORE Shanghai extends due to popular demand 

Paul Zivkovich in Punchdrunk's SLEEP NO MORE Shanghai

Paul Zivkovich in Punchdrunk’s SLEEP NO MORE Shanghai © Yuan Studio

Punchdrunk and co-producers SMG Live announce the extension of their major new production of SLEEP NO MORE, which opened to great acclaim on 14 December. Having previously broken box-office records in Shanghai when it first went on-sale, the current booking period for the much anticipated production sold-out just one week after opening. Tickets are now on-sale until 30 April 2017.Punchdrunk International’s visceral, tactile and darkly cinematic telling of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Macbeth, spans five floors of a vast, specially constructed building in the Jing’An district of the city. This is the first immersive work of this scale to be performed in China.

Punchdrunk have presented their ground-breaking immersive theatre work around the globe for over 15 years.  To create this new production, they have collaborated with Chinese co-producers SMG Live and Chinese artists. The original creative teams have been working in China with their local counterparts for several months creating a unique production that shows the world of 1930s Shanghai in sumptuous cinematic detail.

The creative team for Punchdrunk’s SLEEP NO MORE is Felix Barrett (Co-Direction, Co-Design and Lighting), Maxine Doyle (Co-Direction and Choreography), Livi Vaughan and Beatrice Minns (Co-Design), Stephen Dobbie (Sound Design), David Israel Reynoso (Costume Design) and Colin Nightingale (Creative Producer).

SLEEP NO MORE is performed by an international company, including many long-term Punchdrunk collaborators alongside a host of some of the most exciting and innovative performers China has to offer.

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First Look: Punchdrunk’s SLEEP NO MORE opens in Shanghai

Punchdrunk have today released production images as their award-winning theatrical experience, SLEEP NO MORE, premieres in Shanghai.

Home to Punchdrunk International’s brand new production of SLEEP NO MORE, the “McKinnon Hotel” opened its doors to Chinese audiences last night ushering them into a visceral, tactile and darkly cinematic telling of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Macbeth.  The production has broken box office records in Shanghai, selling over 10,000 tickets in its first four days of sales. It is now sold out until March 2017. Spanning five floors of a vast, specially constructed building in the Jing’An district of the city, this is the first immersive work of this scale to be performed in China.

Punchdrunk have presented their ground-breaking immersive theatre work around the globe for over 15 years.  To create this new production, set in Shanghai, they have collaborated with Chinese co-producers SMG Live and Chinese artists. The original creative teams have been working in China with their local counterparts for several months creating a unique production that shows the world of 1930s Shanghai in sumptuous cinematic detail.

The Punchdrunk creative team delved into historical documents in museums and archives to provide authentic touches and minute details. Audiences are able to open every one of over 3,000 drawers to read every document, examine every prop and article of clothing chosen to re-create the era, all of which can be verified, including addresses on envelopes, the script on handwritten letters and shapes of the stamps. Even the scent and temperature of each space has been elaborately designed by the creative team giving individual rooms a character of their own.

Karen Bradley MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, led a delegation from the UK’s cultural industries to visit the McKinnon Hotel last week. The Secretary of State for Culture addressed British and Chinese guests at a reception hosted by the British Council as part of the 4th UK-China High Level People-to-People Dialogue. As she congratulated the combined efforts of both companies Karen Bradley remarked, “this Punchdrunk – SMG Live co-production is exactly the kind of long-term mutually beneficial cultural partnership that I hope will become a model of success in this golden era of UK-China cultural relations”.

The creative team for Punchdrunk’s SLEEP NO MORE is Felix Barrett (Co-Direction, Co-Design and Lighting), Maxine Doyle (Co-Direction and Choreography), Livi Vaughan and Beatrice Minns (Co-Design), Stephen Dobbie (Sound Design), David Israel Reynoso (Costume Design) and Colin Nightingale (Creative Producer).

SLEEP NO MORE is performed by an international company, including many long-term Punchdrunk collaborators alongside a host of some of the most exciting and innovative performers China has to offer.

Culture Secretary leads a cultural delegation to Punchdrunk’s SLEEP NO MORE in Shanghai

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Culture Secretary Karen Bradley leads a cultural delegation to the set of Punchdrunk’s SLEEP NO MORE Shanghai. Credit SMG Live

Last night Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, led a delegation from the UK’s cultural industries to visit the McKinnon Hotel in Shanghai’s Jing’An District. The Secretary of State for Culture addressed British and Chinese guests at a reception hosted by the British Council as part of the 4th UK-China High Level People-to-People Dialogue.

Felix Barrett, the Artistic Director of Punchdrunk, and Luke Ma, Vice President of SMG Live, spoke at last night’s event about their international collaboration leading to rewarding cultural exchange. This award-winning company originally from the UK has presented its ground-breaking immersive theatre work around the globe for over 15 years. In an exciting co-production with SMG Live and Chinese artists, Punchdrunk have re-created SLEEP NO MORE in sumptuous cinematic detail, featuring new material and set in 1930s Shanghai. The original creative team have been working on the ground in Shanghai with their Chinese counterparts for several months. This combined with an exceptional level of resource and expertise provided by the Chinese producers, means that SLEEP NO MORE Shanghai achieves an unprecedented level of production values.

As she congratulated the combined efforts of both companies Karen Bradley remarked “this Punchdrunk – SMG Live co-production is exactly the kind of long-term mutually beneficial cultural partnership that I hope will become a model of success in this golden era of UK-China cultural relations”.

Felix Barrett also urged UK cultural counterparts attending the event to “find creative partnerships in China that can enable UK companies to make the most ambitious versions of their best work possible”. 

Home to Punchdrunk International’s brand new production of their award-winning theatrical experience, SLEEP NO MORE, the McKinnon Hotel opens its doors to Chinese audiences on 14 December 2016SLEEP NO MORE ushers audiences into a visceral, tactile and darkly cinematic telling of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Macbeth. The production has broken box office records in Shanghai, selling over 10,000 tickets in its first four days of sales. This new production of SLEEP NO MORE spans 5 floors of the vast, disused building which has been transformed into the McKinnon Hotel in the Jing’An district of central Shanghai and is the first immersive work of this scale to be performed in China.

The Culture Secretary’s visit to China celebrates new cultural collaborations between the two countries, introducing the delegation from the UK’s creative industries to senior cultural contacts in Shanghai as part of the 4th UK-China High Level People-to-People Dialogue. The delegation visiting Punchdrunk’s McKinnon Hotel included Chief Executive of the British Council, Ciarán Devane; Chief Executive of the British Library, Roly Keating; Director of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Michael Garvey; Director of Tate International, Judith Nesbitt; Chief Operating Officer of the Royal Opera House Sally O’Neill and Head of Wales Art International, Eluned Haf where they were joined by Dame Barbara Woodward, Ambassador to China, actor Dominic Cooper and a number of important Chinese figures from local arts organisations.
Listings

Venue: The McKinnon Hotel, 1013 West Beijing Road, Shanghai

Dates: From 14th December 2016

Performances: 7pm Wednesdays – Saturdays
3pm Saturdays and Sunday
No performance Mondays or Tuesdays
No performances on 25th December 2016 or 1st January 2017
Additional performances on 20th December 2016 and 27th December 2016

Pricing:            Evenings WednesdayThursday 550 RMB
Evenings FridaySaturday 650 RMB
Matiness SaturdaySunday 550 RMB

Major new production of Punchdrunk’s SLEEP NO MORE to open in Shanghai later this year

  • Punchdrunk International to produce major new production of SLEEP NO MORE in co-production with SMG Live
  • Co-creators Felix Barrett and Maxine Doyle, alongside the rest of the original creative team, unite with Chinese artists to bring Punchdrunk’s work to Asia for the very first time
  • Cast of 30 perform across five floors and 90 different rooms in vast new venue in Shanghai’s Jing’an District
  • Limited number of special advance deposit tickets available from 13 July 2016
  • Tickets officially on sale in early September 2016
Felix Barrett

Felix Barrett © Fan Jiang

Punchdrunk have today announced a brand new production of their award-winning theatrical experience, SLEEP NO MORE, premiering in Shanghai this year. In December 2016, the doors will open to the “McKinnon Hotel” in the city’s Jing’an District, ushering audiences into this visceral, tactile and darkly cinematic telling of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Macbeth.

Housed in a vast, five storey disused building, the “McKinnon Hotel” (sister hotel to New York’s “McKittrick Hotel”) SLEEP NO MORE embodies Punchdrunk’s founding idea that theatre audiences do not have to be spectators but are encouraged to break the rules, move freely through 90 different rooms, explore the world of this epic story and create their own, unique journey.

In the first co-production between Punchdrunk International and Chinese partners SMG Live, the original creative team behind the enormously successful theatrical phenomenon will bring the intimate and glorious world of SLEEP NO MORE to a new international audience. This incarnation of one of their most beloved and thrilling worlds will uphold Punchdrunk’s signature immaculate production values and intricate detail from the current New York production whilst promising new surprises unique to the Shanghai production.

Artistic Director, Felix Barrett said; “Punchdrunk’s SLEEP NO MORE first caught the imaginations of an intrepid band of supporters in London back in 2003, when it ran for just 12 performances supported by a tiny Arts Council England grant. Since taking up residency in the “McKittrick Hotel” in New York, the international reaction to the production has been overwhelming and we’re thrilled to have this wonderful opportunity to premiere our work in Asia for the first time. A project like this is a large undertaking and working with the dedicated team at SMG has been a hugely rewarding cultural exchange, we can’t wait to continue this remarkable adventure with the artists and audiences of Shanghai.”

The creative team for Punchdrunk’s SLEEP NO MORE is Felix Barrett (Co-Direction, Co-Design and Lighting), Maxine Doyle (Co-Direction and Choreography), Livi Vaughan and Beatrice Minns (Co-Design), Stephen Dobbie (Sound Design), David Israel Reynoso (Costume Design) and Colin Nightingale (Creative Producer).

SLEEP NO MORE will be performed by an international company, including many long-term Punchdrunk collaborators alongside a host of some of the most exciting and innovative performers China has to offer.

Punchdrunk’s SLEEP NO MORE is Shakespeare’s Macbeth, reimagined as a 1930’s film-thriller in an epic experimental theatrical experience. Following productions in London (2003) and Boston (2009, in co-production with American Repertory Theater) Punchdrunk’s SLEEP NO MORE opened in March 2011 at the “McKittrick Hotel”, New York in its current form (produced by Emursive). The production has won a DramaDesk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience and a Special Citation For Design And Choreography at the Obie Awards.

Listings
Venue: The McKinnon Hotel, 1013 West Beijing Road, Shanghai
Dates: End of 2016
Pricing: Mon – Thu Evening, RMB 550
Fri – Sat Matinee show, RMB 650
Fri – Sat Evening, RMB 650
Website: http://www.sleepnomore.cn

Punchdrunk’s Artistic Director Felix Barrett has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List

“The visionary who reinvented theatre.” The Observer

Felix Barrett has today been awarded an MBE for his work in the theatre industry. Artistic pioneer Barrett founded Punchdrunk with colleague Pete Higgin in 2000. Since then the company has become renowned around the world for its ground-breaking approach to making theatre, winning numerous awards and thousands of loyal fans in the process and becoming a byword for all that is different from traditional theatre. The company’s practice has influenced a generation of theatre makers with its style of productions and practice.

Felix Barrett © Stephen Dobbie

Felix Barrett © Stephen Dobbie

Felix Barrett said: “It is really an honour to be given an MBE and it comes as a complete surprise. For years Punchdrunk has worked right at the very edges of the theatre sector, so to be acknowledged by the establishment is truly humbling. There are an incredible amount of people who have been with me all along the way, creating vivid and adventurous worlds for audiences to explore, and this award is something I feel I absolutely share with them”.