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Throughout 2019 and 2020, both Punchdrunk Enrichment and Punchdrunk will collaborate with technologists and creatives to explore the potential of three key areas:

Environmental Sound Design

Developing new ways to experience sound in a three dimensional environment. Supported by EM Acoustics.

Audience Tracking

Using technology to unlock personalised experiences for large audiences.

Standalone Effect Control

Building an affordable, standalone system that can augment real world spaces with theatrical effects including sound and lighting.

The Audience of the Future Performance Demonstrator is brought about through a unique consortium of cultural industry specialists led by the Royal Shakespeare Company and including: De Montfort University; Epic Games; i2 Media Research Limited; Intel; Magic Leap; Manchester International Festival;  Marshmallow Laser Feast; Nesta; Phi Centre; Philharmonia Orchestra; Punchdrunk; Punchdrunk International; RSC; University of Portsmouth and The Space.

The project is funded within the Audience of the Future programme by UK Research and Innovation through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

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Creative Team

  • Felix Barrett

    Artistic Director

  • Peter Higgin

    Director of Enrichment & Punchdrunk Village

  • Alex Rowse and Stephen Makin


  • Roz Coleman

    Associate Producer

  • Andy Reader

    Production Manager


Environmental Sound Composition

  • Featuring specially created recordings of Béla Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle by the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by André de Ridder
  • Supported by EM Acoustics
  • Stephen Dobbie

    Co-Sound Designer
  • Salvador Garza

    Co-Sound Designer
  • Colin Nightingale

    Creative Producer
  • Viktor Palfi

    Head of Sound
  • Sarah Readman

    Head of Lighting & Lighting Design
  • Andy Reader & Sarah Readman

    Production Managers
  • Amy Pitt


Effect Control

  • Michele Panegrossi

    Creative Technologist
  • Ben Hosford and Sam Clear

    Production Managers

For Punchdrunk International

  • Simon Barfoot

    Operations Director
  • Adam Driscoll

    Consulting Managing Director
  • Sarah Crystal

    Legal and Business Manager
  • Sharminy Ragunathan

    Finance Manager
  • John Gyeni

    Financial Controller
  • Gareth Collins

  • Lucy Whitby

  • Charley Sargant

    Executive Assistant (maternity leave)
  • Harri Capernaros

    Executive Assistant (maternity cover)
  • Andrea Salazar

    Head of Production
  • JoJo Tyhurst

    Head of Communications
  • Maya Ophelia

    Communications Assistant

Tracking Audiences

  • Elgiva Field

    Creative Lead
  • Michelle McMahon

    Creative Associate
  • Steph Singer

    Creative Associate
  • Maïto Jobbé Duval

  • Tim Burrell-Saward

    Creative Technical Lead
  • Henry Cooke

    Creative Technologist
  • Michele Panegrossi

    Creative Technologist

For Punchdrunk

  • Rebecca Dawson

    Executive Director (maternity leave)
  • Sarah Goodfellow

    Executive Director (maternity cover)
  • Aysha Powell

    Head of Finance and Operations
  • Sharminy Ragunathan

    Finance Manager
  • Kate Rigby

    Senior Designer
  • JoJo Tyhurst

    Head of Communications
  • Anna Jones

  • Maya Ophelia

    Communications Assistant

Thanks to…

  • Lauren Van Zyl and all teams at Punchdrunk and Punchdrunk International


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