Past Event

A conversation with the founder and artistic director of Punchdrunk, the theatre company behind Sleep No More.

Doors: 5:30 PM
Conversation: 6 PM

$50 (seniors and students: $40)
Taxes and fees included

Where: Space A (1st floor)
General Admission

In Conversation with Felix Barrett is hosted by actress, director and stage director Brigitte Poupart. Felix will be joined by Hector Harkness, Associate Director at Punchdrunk International.

Celebrated British creator Felix Barrett, founder and artistic director of the company Punchdrunk, invites Montrealers to join him for an evening exploring his unique approach to theatre, which has garnered worldwide critical acclaim.

For almost 20 years, Punchdrunk and Felix Barrett have been redefining the classic theatre experience by transforming abandoned buildings into epic and sensory spaces where audiences can roam freely. This personalized and interactive style of theatre rejects the passive obedience usually expected of audiences, inviting them to rediscover the childlike excitement of exploring the unknown. Along the way, the company and its artistic director have chalked up a string of hit shows and awards, with productions like The Duchess Of Malfi with the English National Opera, The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable, and the highly successful Sleep No More, a film noir adaptation of Macbeth that has been delighting audiences and critics (The New York Times, The Guardian, etc.) from New York to Shanghai since 2011. Sleep No More has won a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience and a Special Citation For Design And Choreography at the Obie Awards.

Barrett has invented a genre of theatre that combines classic works, physical performances, cinematographic set design, and offbeat spaces that put audiences at the heart of the narrative.

These exciting and innovative initiatives will provide plenty of fuel for discussion between Felix, Hector and the Montreal audience in the intimate setting of the Phi Centre. The evening promises to be as vibrant and captivating as the work of Punchdrunk itself.

Please note that the conference will be held in English.

This event will be filmed, and webcast on a future date. A photographer will also be onsite.

Photo credit: Stephen Dobbie

Felix Barrett

Felix Barrett is the founder and artistic director of the British company Punchdrunk, a world-renowned company whose work is recognised internationally as pioneering game-changing ways for audiences to experience culture.

Felix is the co-director of the company’s award-winning production of Sleep No More in London, Boston and New York City where it recently celebrated its sixth birthday and has been playing to sell out audiences since 2011. Most recently, Punchdrunk International collaborated with Shanghai Media Group to re-imagine Sleep No More in Shanghai where it has become the fastest-selling theatrical production in the city. Alongside theatrical works, Punchdrunk has created award winning experiences in digital environments. Past collaborators include: Sony Playstation, Xbox, Virgin Media, Louis Vuitton and Media Molecule. Through an exclusive relationship with Samsung North America, the company has created unique VR experiences including Believe Your Eyes winner of a Silver Lion in the entertainment category at Cannes 2017. ANTIdiaRy, a cross- platform collaboration with Roc Nation, marked the launch of Rihanna’s eighth album and was awarded a Bronze Lion in the Integrated Campaign Led By Promo & Activation category at the Cannes Lion International Festival of Creativity 2016.

Felix is a graduate and Honorary Fellow in Drama of the University of Exeter, was one of the first recipients of a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Breakthrough Fund Award (supporting exceptional arts practitioners in the development of their vision) and was appointed Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to theatre. He is one of Creative Review’s Creative Leaders 50 for 2017.

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