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With a cast of 14 and a live band, the sell-out production of The Firebird Ball ran for six weeks and received The Observer Review of the Year award for Best Out-of-Theatre Experience.

Fusing the myth of the Firebird with Romeo and JulietThe Firebird Ball played out across a vast disused factory site.

An epic flight of the imagination that weaves around every corner of the crumbling Offley Works, this site specific extravaganza is a breath-taking slow burner that subtly works its way into your blood. It’s baffling and exhilarating and the rewards are mesmerising. The images will haunt you for nights beyond.

– Keith Watson, Metro London
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Creative Team

  • Directors

    Felix Barrett & Maxine Doyle

  • Choreographer

    Maxine Doyle

  • Designer

    Felix Barrett

  • Lighting & Technical Director

    Euan Maybank

  • Sound & Graphic Design

    Stephen Dobbie

  • Costume Design

    Jo Pereira & James Randall

  • Creative & Production Consultant

    Colin Nightingale

  • Candles, ribbons and box ornament on the floor, dimly lit
    Punchdrunk’s The Firebird Ball. Photo by Sam Holden
  • Two women looking at a desk mirror on a table
    Punchdrunk’s The Firebird Ball. Photo by Sam Holden
  • Blurred figure moving in a sand-filled room
    Punchdrunk’s The Firebird Ball. Photo by Sam Holden
  • Woman standing in front of clear door frame, old painting and blue window in the background
    Punchdrunk’s The Firebird Ball. Photo by Sam Holden


A perfect example of physical performance and site interacting to make thrilling theatre.

– Dorothy Max Prior, Total Theatre Magazine


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