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Punchdrunk’s One Cartridge Place
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The location of Punchdrunk’s new show ‘The Burnt City’

The blandly named One Cartridge Place is the new HQ of immersive theatre legends Punchdrunk, and in fact consists of two buildings, both former arsenals.

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‘The Burnt City’ review

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Immersive

In many ways, Punchdrunk’s new show ‘The Burnt City’ is a lot like Punchdrunk’s old shows: you put on a spooky mask; you wander through a dark, cavernous, hyper-detailed world full of eerie hidden rooms; you follow sexy dancer-slash-actors around as they enact the show’s diffuse plot; you spend an improbable amount of time trying to find a huge but almost impossible-to-locate bar. Let’s be clear, though: criticising this is like criticising Bruce Springsteen for having too many songs about cars, or NASA for being fixated on space. Punchdrunk has a very distinct aesthetic, and when the company was more prolific and there was a new production every couple of years it was easy to affect a certain cynicism about the recurring elements. But as they finally return after eight years away, it’s clear that there is no other immersive theatre company even remotely comparable to Punchdrunk. Nonetheless, ‘The Burnt City’ is very much its own thing. Based on the myths of the Trojan War and set in two enormous former arsenal buildings in Woolwich – one representing Troy, one Greece – we enter through a smaller, third building, a sort of pretend museum that doesn’t carry vast dramatic heft but helps acclimatise us to the inevitable donning of the masks. The main buildings are big. Really big. And that doesn’t mean Punchdrunk have simply cranked their Punchdrunkiness up to 11 with more rooms. In Greece particularly, the smaller, out-of-the-way chambers are intriguing but dwarfed in importan

The Burnt City: Remix

  • Immersive

Punchdrunk’s massive new immersive show ‘The Burnt City’ will stage a special New Year’s Eve edition this year. If we’re understanding it right, it sounds like ‘The Burnt City: Remix’ is the usual show but with a brand new soundtrack, presumably one that’s a bit less slow and doomy, a bit more upbeat and pulse-pounding. After the Trojan War-set action of the main show concludes, you can take to the retro-futuristic streets of Troy for a full-on party complete with DJs and bands until 1am.

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