Since 2000, Punchdrunk have pioneered a game changing form of immersive theatre in which roaming audiences experience epic storytelling inside sensory theatrical worlds. Blending classic texts, physical performance, design installation and unexpected sites, the company rejects the passive obedience usually expected of audiences. Punchdrunk are best known for their New York hit Sleep No More and most recently, The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable, which is currently on in London (check out my review here).
With their tag line, Tell No One, Secret Cinema encourage you to put full faith in the company as you and your fellow audience members buy tickets for the unknown – secret audience, secret location, secret film, secret worlds.
A live events company that specialise in creating living, breathing experiences of the cinema. Fusing film, improvised performances, detailed design and interactive multimedia, Future Cinema create wholly immersive worlds that stretch the audience’s imagination. Recent notable performances include a recreation of Ricks Bar for Casablanca and the shackles of a prison surrounding for The Shawshank Redemption.
Untitled Projects create large-scale theatre using cultural history as a device to navigate our collective present and possible futures. The Scottish based company continually re-assess how theatre can manifest itself, blending various techniques to create ambitious and distinct pieces of theatre. Check out my reviews of two of their productions – The Salon Project and Paul Bright’s Confessions of Justified Sinner Reconstructed.
A creative partnership between two theatre-makers based in Glasgow, who create original autobiographical performance works – with communities, individuals, familes and neighbourhoods. Glas(s) Performance are committed to finding opportunities for communities and individuals to gain greater access to the arts and creativity. They also produce Junction 25.
Junction 25 are a Glasgow based youth theatre group, who engage in weekly, collaborative workshops to create original and personal performance works. The resulting output is delivered in a ‘professional’ context so that an audience might be able to view it as more than a participatory experience but also as a valid piece of art in its own right.
Conflux’s SURGE Festival
As a legacy of London 2012, Conflux is a project that creates opportunities for physical performance artists (incorporating street arts, physical theatre and circus). The work of which is showcased at the annual festival SURGE, which takes place in Glasgow in July. As well as events at some of the city’s top venues, the festival spills onto the streets, taking in some unusual and unexpected locations, illuminating the city with theatre and live art.
Mischief La Bas
‘Gently warping the underlay of the fabric of society’, is the motto of this interactive performance company. Founded in 1992, Mischief La Bas take on a range of projects from largescale outdoor commissions to more intimate performances at parties and festivals.