Immersive Theatre and Audience Experience

Space, Game and Story in the Work of Punchdrunk

  • Rose Biggin

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About this book


This book is the first full-length monograph to focus on Punchdrunk, the internationally-renowned theatre company known for its pioneering approach to immersive theatre. With its promises of empowerment, freedom and experiential joy, immersive theatre continues to gain popularity - this study brings necessary critical analysis to this rapidly developing field. What exactly do we mean by audience “immersion”? How might immersion in a Punchdrunk production be described, theorised, situated or politicised? What is valued in immersive experience - and are these values explicit or implied?

Immersive Theatre and Audience Experience draws on rehearsals, performances and archival access to Punchdrunk, providing new critical perspectives from cognitive studies, philosophical aesthetics, narrative theory and computer games. Its discussion of immersion is structured around three themes: interactivity and game; story and narrative; environment and space. Providing a rigorous theoretical toolkit to think further about the form’s capabilities, and offering a unique set of approaches, this book will be of significance to scholars, students, artists and spectators.


The Duchess of Malfi It Felt Like A Kiss theatre and computer games immersive theatre and environment The Drowned Man The Borough The Crash of the Elysium Sleep No More Performance and virtual reality

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  • Rose Biggin
    • 1
  1. 1.Independent ScholarLondonUnited Kingdom

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