Since its inception, Punchdrunk had been inherently nomadic. But, in 2017, the charity had an opportunity to build a home in which to nurture new forms of experiential theatre.
The village of Fallow Cross was a space for Punchdrunk Enrichment to innovate, incubate and explore its future artistic and enrichment practice. It provided the canvas for the company to continue to push the boundaries of live performance and storytelling for a growing range of audiences.
Fallow Cross housed ideas that spanned the breadth of the company’s work including core artistic activity, enrichment projects, sensory work and the intersection with new technologies. It built on the success of past ambitious and transformative projects in order to devise a new generation of remarkable productions and audience experiences.
Fallow Cross was not a public production or space. But it was used for projects within the Haringey community, including The Oracles in 2017. Teacher-led projects such as A Small Tale were born out of the space, along with our production for 5-11 year olds, Small Wonders, and the multi-location Kabeiroi.
It was home to our programme of workshops and professional development opportunities for artists and teachers to share the company’s established methodologies. This was alongside VR Jams, writers labs and panel discussions.
Whilst our time in Fallow Cross has come to an end, the company’s commitment to research and development will continue.
Fallow Cross was made possible in major part through the generous support of the Keyholders. If you would like to support the company’s artistic development, you can find out more about our Keyholder scheme here.
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This film celebrates the work that happened at Fallow Cross. In the film you will journey through a range of spaces and learn about the projects that were developed there.
These projects were produced by the charity in order to support our creative ambition to explore innovation in immersive theatre. We are now developing plans for a new home, where we hope many of these ideas and experiments might re-emerge.
In the meantime, our programme of work continues, including our masterclasses and schools workshops programme inspiring a new generation of makers.
Thanks to: Joyce Ajoku and Greig City Academy
Creative Director: Stephen Dobbie
Voiceover: Sam Booth
Filmmaker: Joe Ransom
Fallow Cross film designers: Lydia Reed and Rebecca Hallen
The name “Punchdrunk” is the registered trademark of Punchdrunk and is used under licence.
The village housed a series of structures – that included the church, the school room, the bric-a-brac shop and the Mayor’s house – each of which held the kernel of an idea, and provided a creative space to research and develop those ideas further. It enabled us to develop the use and integration of digital technologies to create a new theatrical vernacular. It allowed us to fuse these experiments with our innovative enrichment projects providing an opportunity for young audiences to help imagine and uncover the future of our work. And it was a laboratory to nurture Punchdrunk’s creative team, unlocking new ideas.– Peter Higgin
Production ManagerAndrea Salazar
Head of SoundSalvador Garza
Heads of Lighting and Lighting Design ConsultantsJoshua Pharo & Sarah Readman
Head of SetJames Boult
Heads of PaintBeata Csikmak & Lizzie Wilkinson
Head of CrewCalum Mercer