Punchdrunk: Performance, Permission, Paradox

Originally published in Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation, Vol. 7, No. 2

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This essay explores the techniques that Punchdrunk uses to generate a sense of freedom and empowerment for the individual audience member. Second, it analyzes the fiscal, spatial, and conceptual restrictions of this system of empowerment. Finally, it examines the material nature of the production and the commercial realities of its current iteration.