Punchdrunk Enrichment, the UK’s premier education and community-led immersive theatre company, has announced a three-year residency in London’s Wembley Park from May 2023, which will deliver the first ever co-created immersive arts space.
Transforming an unused industrial space in the neighbourhood, the residency will be Punchdrunk Enrichment’s largest in scale and ambition to date, engage with local artists and community groups to co-create an immersive space that will support local artists' development, deliver exceptional experiences for families and provide training opportunities for Brent-based young people.
Punchdrunk Enrichment will also introduce a range of inspiring immersive projects for primary schools across Brent including 'The Lost Lending Library', Punchdrunk Enrichment's flagship literacy project in which a mysterious travelling library appears overnight in a primary school. So far, 'The Lost Lending Library' has visited 75 schools, benefitting more than 40,000 children by encouraging creativity and a love of literature.
Punchdrink Enrichment's Wembley Park residency will draw upon their rich history and expertise in immersive storytelling, bringing to life unexpected spaces. Previous projects include 'Greenhiive Green', which transformed a room in a care home into an immersive village green complete with a florist, a phone box and the smell of fresh cut grass and 'Fallow Cross', a fully functioning townlet in a set of warehouses in Tottenham Hale, Haringey.
The residency in Brent has been conceived by Punchdrunk Enrichment’s Artistic Director, Peter Higgin, one of the founding members of the world’s leading immersive theatre company, Punchdrunk - and will be delivered with the support of Arts Council England and Quintain.
Punchdrunk Enrichment is the latest arrival to Wembley Park’s creative community, which has played a vital role in the area’s transformation. The ambitious cultural strategy for the area has seen the welcoming of new cultural operators, such as Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra which will move its headquarters to Wembley Park.