Fri, 03/06/2016

Having explored the nature of immersive performance through experience, and read a great deal of reviews whilst researching the topic, I noticed one very prominent issue. Very few reviews capture the emotional, visceral nature of the art form. So I set to finding a way in…and what I came up with was an odd combination of a bedtime story and a piecing together of what I understood from one section or 'loop' of the show in question: Punchdrunk’s “Sleep No More”. The production is based on Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’, coupled with elements of Du Maurier’s ‘…

Sun, 22/05/2016
Photograph: The Drowned Man

I fell into the world of immersive theatre when Punchdrunk's "The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable" opened at Temple Studios in 2013. The mystery and seduction of the piece was mesmerising, and for a time I found myself captured by the explorative nature of the work. 

By the time the production closed in 2014 I had been back a number of times, unlocked a number of secrets and delved deep into the many layers of story Punchdrunk slip into their worlds. Since then it has been exciting to see the work of companies seeking…

Tue, 10/05/2016

This year marked the 7th festival which brought together a diverse range of comedy, theatre and music, catering for adults and children alike. The festival, organised by Henry Widdicombe and Emma Butler, takes over the entire town offering performances over the three days, ranging from small intimate venues to their largest 300 seated Tabernacl.

I have a certain amount of reluctance in committing the last bank holiday weekend in April to print. The battle here is between a fear of never being able to capture the experience effectively anywhere outside of my own head and…