Created by Punchdrunk, award winning internationally acclaimed pioneers in immersive theatre, The Crash of The Elysium is a live Doctor Who theatre adventure in which the audience is the star of the show.
The show runs to 8 July in Ipswich Town Centre with family performances (for children aged 7 – 12 with adults) from 10am on Sat 20 June and Sun 1, Sat 7 and Sun 8 July.
Win a family ticket (for 4 – children must be aged 7 to 12 and only one adult can accompany each child) to a family show on Sunday 1 July.
Please ensure that you are available to attend on the 1st July if you enter the competition. Visit http://www.kidaround.biz/competitions.htm to enter
Closing date is Friday 29th June 2012 so HURRY!
The Crash of The Elysium is presented at Ipswich Arts Festival (Ip-art) by Manchester International Festival, the London 2012 Festival, the New Wolsey Theatre and Ipswich Borough Council supported by Arts Council England and Suffolk County Council. This project was originally commissioned by Manchester International Festival, BBC, the London 2012 Festival and Salford City Council with funding from Arts Council England.
Tom MacRae writer and co-creator of the Crash of the Elysium said: “The show is unlike anything else you have ever experienced in the world of Doctor Who. This is your story, your mission, you are the hero. Everything depends on you. If you don’t turn up, the world does not get saved.
Punchdrunk are theatrical wizards. Their shows are a stunning blend of magic, excitement, adventure and impossibility. Once you enter a Punchdrunk show, the laws of physics are switched off until you leave again. There is no stage, there is no comfy seating, there is no division between the world of the audience and the world of the show. You are at the heart of the action, you drive the story forward. No two shows will ever be the same, no individual adventure will ever be repeated.
The madness and brilliance of Doctor Who could not find a better theatrical partnership than Punchdrunk, and slamming these two incendiary giants together has produced the most exciting hour of entertainment anyone could ever wish for.”
Felix Barrett, Director of Punchdrunk said: “We started this process with ‘What would be the dream show to see as a 10 year old? ’. This is it. To embrace the cultural icon that is Doctor Who and to work with their extraordinary team has been an incredible adventure and I can’t wait to bring to bring the show back to life in Ipswich.”
Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, Jeremy Hunt said: “The Crash of The Elysium is just one example of the fantastic range of events and activities taking place across the East of England as part of the Cultural Olympiad. As well as offering great entertainment the show also represents a wider opportunity to draw visitors from further a field to boost tourism and economic growth in the whole area, and I’m sure it will be a huge success.”
Helen Lax, Regional Director, Arts Council England, East, said: ‘We are very excited that The Crash of The Elysium is coming to Ipswich in July. It will be an unforgettable experience for everyone lucky enough to see it and we’re sure that it will be a tremendous success. The show is the perfect accompaniment to all the other incredible opportunities that are taking place as a part of the Cultural Olympiad in the East this summer. Its inclusion in the London 2012 Festival will bring unprecedented and well deserved national profile to Ipswich and the region.’
“Ip-art is the biggest festival in Suffolk and offers both free and paid for events right across the cultural spectrum. It is a fabulous attraction for over 100,000 people. The Crash of The Elysium will add to the festival excitement. Doctor Who is close to my heart as I grew up hiding behind the sofa when it came on. I am sure the Crash will attract people from all over the region.” Cllr Bryony Rudkin, Culture portfolio-holder, Ipswich Borough Council
There are three different types of performances of The Crash of The Elysium – School performances for years 4 to 7 (ages 8 – 12), Family performances for ages 7 – 12 and After Dark performances for ages 13+ (please see notes to editors).
Performances are 60 minutes long and will take place at Crown Street Car Park, Audiences will be required to register at least 15 minutes before their allotted entry time and due to the nature of the experience sensible footwear is compulsory.
Images: Mike Kwasniak Posted by Tracy Thomas