Just a few months after the closure of Punchdrunk’s immersive theatre blockbuster ‘The Drowned Man’ in central London, the company’s community/education wing Punchdrunk Enrichment has announced a thrilling new project that will break the hearts of 99 percent of its fanbase by only being open to residents of Barking and Dagenham.
‘St Ethelburga’s Hallowtide Fair’ purports to resurrect a ‘once legendary’ event in Barking’s history, a special Halloween celebration held annually in the nineteenth century. Punchdrunk is being a bit coy on the actual contents of the production, but what we do know is that they’ll be taking over the sixteenth century Eastbury Manor House for three nights of immersive enchantment. Punchdrunk Enrichment is definitely a little more family friendly than straight-up Punchdrunk, but nonetheless, Punchdrunk + Halloween = ZOMG.
The bad news is that tickets are only available to Barking and Dagenham residents, from thebroadwaybarking.com.
We’re not totally sure how they’re going to enforce it, but suffice to say it’d be very naughty to lie about where you’re from. If you’re hankering for that next Punchdrunk hit, you’re perhaps better off holding fire until next March, when Punchdrunk Enrichment’s interactive kids’ exhibition ‘Against Captain’s Orders’ opens at the National Maritime Museum.
‘St Ethelburga’s Hallowtide Fair’ is at Eastbury Manor House, Oct 31–Nov 2.