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Inside the City

Inside the City is a series of masterclasses, workshops and tours focusing on all aspects of Punchdrunk’s site-sympathetic approach to making work. These experiences will be open to anyone who wants a deeper insight into the process and approach our creative team takes to unlock the possibilities of a space, build different environments with lighting and sound, and translate source texts into a language of physical performance.

For those eager to visit and learn more about the world of Troy, our extensive set tours with knowledgeable guides are also available.

You could be an artist looking to develop your own practice or are just eager to explore the world we created within The Burnt City.

For more information, including bursaries, how to purchase local tickets and access, please visit our FAQs.

MASTERCLASSES

FELIX BARRETT MASTERCLASS

An Immersive Storytelling Masterclass with Felix Barrett MBE.

Punchdrunk is the spark that ignited the immersive genre, introducing mainstream audiences to this now hugely successful form. In this masterclass, the company’s BAFTA-nominated founder, Felix Barrett, offers an introduction into the techniques behind his creative process.

From learning how to analyse a text, translating it into the physical space and breaking from traditional models of storytelling, this is an opportunity to understand the foundations to creating immersive shows – giving you the tools to push the boundaries in your own creative work.

WHEN: Friday 23 February, 10am-2pm (four hours)

WHERE: Punchdrunk Labs

TICKETS: £350, local residents £195 (capped)

WHO: Creatives and mid-career professionals who wish to apply the insight gained through this masterclass to their own professional career.

STEPHEN DOBBIE MASTERCLASS

An Immersive World-Building Masterclass with Stephen Dobbie.

The Burnt City’s Sound Designer Stephen Dobbie shares his creative process, and explores the highly collaborative role sound plays within building the world and evoking feeling in Punchdrunk’s work.

In this masterclass, you will learn to appreciate the particular details and textures of sound design, and how it is used as a mode of storytelling through a unique exploration of The Burnt City. This is an opportunity to both deepen your understanding of collaborative process and sound design, and unlock how the key tool of listening can elevate your own creative practice.

WHEN: Saturday 24 February, 10am-2pm (four hours)

WHERE: Punchdrunk Labs

TICKETS: £350, £195 local residents (capped)

WHO: Creatives and mid-career professionals who wish to apply the insight gained through this masterclass to their own professional career.

WORKSHOPS

TWO DAY PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP

Delve into the work and performance practice of Punchdrunk, ‘the world’s leading immersive theatre company’ (GQ Magazine).

Join a member of The Burnt City’s company as they explore the unique process for performers, developed by Felix Barrett and Maxine Doyle, which has inspired and crafted Punchdrunk’s immersive work. Over two days, you will learn how to create genre-defying experiences through the blending of classical texts and physical performance.

WHEN:

Thursday 15 – Friday 16 February, 10am-4pm (six hours each day, including breaks)

Monday 26 – Tuesday 27 February, 10am-4pm (six hours each day, including breaks)

Please note, each performance workshop ticket covers two consecutive days of classes. Tickets can only be purchased as a two day package.

WHERE: Punchdrunk Labs

TICKETS: £300, £180 local residents (capped)

WHO: Ages 16+ with an interest in performance. No experience necessary.

 

PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP

An insight into the collaborative project management process of transforming abandoned spaces into the fantastic worlds Punchdrunk plunges its audience into.

This Production Management workshop provides you with insight into the Production department’s role in building an immersive site-specific experience at Punchdrunk. Through dynamic activities and exercises on the set of The Burnt City, our team will give you the tools to think and problem solve creatively, as well as give an overview of how to deliver a project that breaks the mould of theatrical experience.

WHEN: Tuesday 20 February, 10am-2pm (four hours)

WHERE: Punchdrunk Labs

TICKETS: £100, £60 local residents (capped)

WHO: Ages 16+ with a solid interest or experience in Production Management, Lighting and Sound.

 

TOURS

STANDARD TOURS

Explore the world of Troy with these intimate walking tours. Our knowledgeable guides will lead you through the space, including some of the 1:1 spaces, and reveal stories behind how this unique world was brought to life.

Here you can ask questions about the building process and, if you wish, share your own experiences of The Burnt City.

Peep will remain open after the conclusion of your tour to allow you to catch up with your fellow tour participants over a drink.

WHEN: Various dates and times, Wednesday 14 February – Saturday 2 March (120 minutes).

WHERE: Punchdrunk main entrance, 1 Cartridge Place.

TICKETS:

Off-peak – £45, £25 local residents (capped). Includes a post tour beverage.
Peak – £55, £30 local residents (capped). Includes a post tour beverage.

Access patron tickets include a complimentary companion ticket.

WHO: Ages 11+ (under 16s accompanied by an adult). Anyone with an interest in The Burnt City, Punchdrunk, Greek mythology or immersive world-building.

GROUP 1:1 ROOM TOUR

Explore the secret spaces of Troy in this 1:1 Room Tour. Led by The Burnt City Associate Director and long-time Punchdrunk performer, Sarah Dowling, this exclusive tour will give you access to the stories behind each 1:1 space, and the ability to unlock missing pieces of The Burnt City puzzle.

WHEN: Various dates and times, Wednesday 21 February – Saturday 2 March (120 minutes)

WHERE: Punchdrunk Labs

TICKETS:

Off peak – £90, £50 local residents (capped).

Peak – £110, £60 local residents (capped).

Access patron tickets includes a complimentary companion ticket.

WHO: Ages 11+ (under 16s accompanied by an adult). Anyone with an interest in The Burnt City, Punchdrunk, Greek mythology or immersive world-building.