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Posted by Derren Brown September 29, 2009 at 10:27 am

Punchdrunk are the most astonishing theatre company in Britain and are now taking their events overseas. I don’t know what this new project is, but make sure you go: it’ll be utterly extraordinary and you’ll remember it like a dream for the rest of your life.

September 29, 2009 at 10:41 am

Well I hope it delivers as much as you are hyping it up to be πŸ˜›

September 29, 2009 at 11:46 am
JayKay says:

Soz, Derren, I think the last show, Tunnel 228, was hyped out of proportion. It wasn’t theatre, it was an art installation and, I’ve kind of seen it all before. Really soz. I so admire what they are trying to achieve, but there are a lot of clichés in their work; the sex peep show stuff etc (yawn) and they haven’t taken things far enough for me. Where was the drama in Tunnel 228? Beautiful vistas etc, yeh, fragments. For something on that scale, it needed more. Merely scale is not enough. I was going to do a guerrilla performance and kidnap one of the under-workers and set her free, but when I questioned some of the actors, they didn’t respond in character and didn’t seem to know what they were doing, so I didn’t want to freak anyone out. I want to love them more. I’ll try harder next time

September 29, 2009 at 12:17 pm
JayKay says:

But please please please go see them if you get the chance. They are fab and they think big. It’s just that the hype sets us up for something even bigger, which is a shame as our expectations are so high.

September 29, 2009 at 2:28 pm
Melanie says:

Hmm, ok, I only go, if Derren Brown will be there πŸ™‚

September 29, 2009 at 8:15 pm
Nopke says:

Punchdrunk? Hm .. does that cover the content of it? I’m not sure if I would be the one who would remember that as a dream .. the actors probably …. But hey, I’m not in Boston nor planning to go there in the nearby future .. so YES, all go there if you o have a chance. Anything is worthwhile checking out (might be less good though .. matter of taste ..).

September 30, 2009 at 12:44 am
FluffyDragQueen says:

ooh, I likes Punchdrunk!
You have fine taste in theatre young man!!

September 30, 2009 at 7:19 am
Jeux says:

It sounds a very good project and seems really very interesting. I wish I could be part of it.

September 30, 2009 at 11:01 am
Jess says:

They did Masque of the Red Death, didn’t they? I was the only one in my theatre studies group who couldn’t go and see that and so I spent two years being told that I should have and I missed out on something amazing πŸ™

September 30, 2009 at 3:24 pm
Ms G says:

Sounds interesting, the text was a bit vague (literally ..) .. I hope the show is not like that .. a bit hazy .. as if you need glasses ..

September 30, 2009 at 4:22 pm
JayKay says:

@Jess – Yeh they did. I had a never-ending-thought-I-might-die virus throughout the weeks it was on and I bloody missed it too. But apparently Faust is the one to beat. That’s the one everyone loved.

October 27, 2009 at 1:36 am
Maura says:

Having never heard of Punchdrunk I went to Sleep No More in Boston this weekend, after reading this. On Saturday night I saw old classrooms turned into bedrooms, studies, forests, and gardens. The completeness of the world they created was absolutely amazing.

After the show we heard people talking about many scenes we’d missed because it was self-directed. So we went back again Sunday. This time we knew to follow the actors – we ran (literally) all over this behemoth place and saw an incredibly physical, skilled, intimate, raw perfomance. I adored it beyond my capacity to communicate. A hundred thousand thanks to Derren for the suggestion!

May 16, 2012 at 3:10 pm
ellie blackburn says:

lol im from boston uk